According to a press release by the U.S. Attorney's Office, a federal corrections officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons pleaded guilty to one felony count of deprivation of rights under color of law after sexually assaulting a woman in custody back in 2020.
Jose Viera, of Monterey Park, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Otis D. Wright. A sentencing hearing was ordered for March 13, 2023, at which time Viera will face a maximum of 10 years in prison.
Viera worked as a correctional officer at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, a federal jail that houses both male and female inmates awaiting trial. In his plea agreement, Viera admitted that he was assigned to supervise quarantined incarcerated women due to COVID-19. One morning, he entered the cell of an inmate, laid down next to her, and began sexually assaulting her meanwhile instilling fear of physical harm.
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