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Physician Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Prisoners in Georgia, District of Columbia

Physician Sentenced for Sexually Abusing Prisoners in Georgia, District of Columbia

On August 28, 2012, Dr. Lewis Jackson, 37, was indicted by a federal grand jury for sexually abusing prisoners at the United States Penitentiary (USP) in Atlanta, Georgia. The alleged abuse occurred while Jackson was out on bond pending trial for sexually assaulting a prisoner at the District of Columbia Jail.

Dr. Jackson was employed at USP Atlanta, a medium-security male-only prison with an associated minimum-security satellite camp, from January 2011 through July 2012. The indictment alleged that during the course of medical examinations in October 2011, Jackson tried to perform oral sex on three prisoners. He also allegedly attempted to engage in anal sex with one of the prisoners.

Prior to his employment at USP Atlanta, Jackson performed contract work at the D.C. Jail. When he was arrested in Atlanta, he was out on bond on charges of sexually abusing a prisoner at the D.C. Jail in 2008.

A federal grand jury for the Northern District of Georgia indicted Jackson on three counts of sexually abusing a ward and one count of lying to federal agents related to the offenses at USP Atlanta.

Dr. Jackson pleaded guilty to the federal charges and was sentenced in February 2013 to 25 months in prison and two years of supervised release. See: United States v. Jackson, U.S.D.C. (N.D. Ga.), Case No. 1:12-cr-00287-AT-AJB.

Jackson also pleaded guilty to the D.C. charges, and was sentenced in November 2013 to five years in prison and ten years of supervised release for one count of second-degree sexual abuse. He was further required to register as a sex offender and undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment, and lost his medical license.

“He used his position to prey upon the most vulnerable population – inmates – and sexually abuse these men,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter V. Taylor, who called Jackson a “sexual predator.”

In March 2014, former federal prisoner Howard Brons filed suit alleging that he was sexually abused by Jackson during a clinic visit at USP Atlanta. Another prisoner, Julius Leroy Harrison, had filed a similar suit in December 2012, alleging that Jackson threatened he would tell guards that Harrison was trying to escape unless he allowed him to perform a sex act. Harrison’s pro se lawsuit was later dismissed.

Sources:, Associated Press, Washington Post,,


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