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Rodriguez's mugshot. Image: Madera County Sheriff's Department.
On Wednesday, Madera County, California, US police jailed retired corrections officer Gregory Rodriguez on a US$7.8 million bond for allegedly sexually assaulting 13 prisoners at the Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla.
Rodriguez faced 96 charges, including rape, sodomy, oral copulation, and sexual battery; he allegedly committed 39 alleged sexual assaults. Combined, they could carry a sentence of more than 300 years' imprisonment.
The District Attorney's Office noted the earliest allegations were from 2014, with a majority from the last two years. The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation started investigating Rodriguez in July and turned over its findings — including estimating Rodriguez committed sexual misconduct against upwards of 22 — in December.
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"Former California corrections officer charged with sexually assaulting 13 at women's prison" — Associated Press, May 25, 2023
Madera County District Attorney's Office. "A former correctional officer has been arrested for sexually assaulting 13 inmates at CDCR's Central California Women's Facility in Chowchilla." — Facebook, May 24, 2023
Sam Stanton. "Former California prison guard accused of raping female inmates arrested, faces 96 charges" — Fresno Bee, May 24, 2023