LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – MICHAEL J. GARCIA, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that J.C. GREEN, a former corrections officer at the Metropolitan Correctional
Center (“MCC”) in Manhattan, was sentenced to 12 months in prison
— the maximum allowable sentence — for engaging in a sexual act
with a federal inmate in May 2005. GREEN was sentenced by Chief
Judge KIMBA M. WOOD in Manhattan federal court.
As established by the evidence at GREEN’s January 2007
trial and statements made in open court, GREEN, while on duty at
the MCC on the evening of May 3, 2005, ordered a female inmate to
clean the suicide watch area of the female housing unit. He then
closed and locked the door of the area and forced the inmate to
perform oral sex on him. The following day, when questioned by
Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) agents about the
incident, GREEN falsely denied having had sexual contact with the
inmate. The evidence at trial included DNA evidence establishing
that semen found on the inmate’s clothing was GREEN’s. Under
federal law, it is unlawful for a prison officer to knowingly
engage in a sexual act with an inmate who is subject to the
officer’s custody and supervision (whether or not the sexual
contact is forcible or consensual).
In imposing the sentence, Chief Judge WOOD described it
as a very serious offense for a corrections officer to abuse a
position of trust and authority and to abrogate his
responsibility to provide security and safety for inmates under
his control. Chief Judge WOOD also noted her belief that
corrections officers will be deterred by a term of custody for a
crime such as this one.
In addition to the 12 months’ imprisonment, GREEN was
sentenced to 1 year of supervised release to follow his prison
Mr. GARCIA praised the investigative efforts of the FBI
in connection with the case.
This case is being prosecuted by the Office’s Public
Corruption Unit. Assistant United States Attorney JENNA DABBS is
in charge of the prosecution.