Authorities charge former guard with sexually assaulting 13 prisoners at Central California Women's Facility

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Friday, May 26, 2023

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.