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BOP Dentist Gets Slap On The Wrist for Sex Abuse

A federal judge has sentenced a former Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) dentist to five months imprisonment, five months home confinement, and a $3,000 fine for having sex with a female prisoner at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida.

Godfrey Onugha was charged with criminal sexual abuse after a semen sample found on the female prisoner's shirt matched Onugha's DNA. The prisoner approached investigators after Onugha forced her to perform oral sex on him in the dental x-ray room. Onugha claimed the encounter was "consensual," but pled guilty to the charges in May of 2010.

"Staff sexual abuse of prisoners has severe consequences for victims, undermines the safety and security of prisons, and can lead to other crimes," said Pamela C. Marsh, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida.

Sexual abuse of federal prisoners was recently only a misdemeanor, subject to one year in prison. Congress has since made it a felony, and increased the maximum penalty to 15 years.


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