New Mexico Prison Doctor Fingered in Lawsuits
Suspicions arose due to a substantial increase in unnecessary, prolonged rectal exams, including some conducted without gloves, and Walden’s refusal to have a nurse or other third party present during the exams. In one case, a prisoner with a knee injury received a rectal exam; in another, a prisoner claimed that Walden penetrated his anus using his entire hand.
A third lawsuit was filed against Dr. Walden, GEO Group, Corizon and various prison officials on July 12, 2013, alleging that Walden had “sexually abused at least 25 victims” by performing unnecessary rectal exams or fondling them. The suits remain pending. See: F.M. v. Walden, U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00264-ACT-RHS; R.J. v. The GEO Group, U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00265-ACT-RHS; H.R. v. The GEO Group, U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00647-ACT-KBM.
The New Mexico Medical Board is investigating Dr. Walden for having “touched or attempted to touch these inmates in an inappropriate, sexual manner,” and his medical license has been suspended.
Additional source: Associated Press
Related legal cases
F.M. v. Walden
|Cite||U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00264-ACT-RHS|
R.J. v. The GEO Group
|Cite||U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00265-ACT-RHS|
H.R. v. The GEO Group
|Cite||U.S.D.C. (D. NM), Case No. 1:13-cv-00647-ACT-KBM|