A guard from a private prison in San Antonio pled guilty to sexually abusing a prisoner, reports the San Antonio Current.
Barbara Jean Goodwin was a guard at the Central Texas Detention Facility, a private prison for immigrants in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. The detention center is operated by for-profit company GEO Group. Testimony from her victim and other detainees stated she forcibly performed oral sex on a prisoner over 30 times over a six month period. Goodwin now faces up to 15 years in federal prison.
GEO Group, the company that operates the Central Texas Detention Facility, is one of the largest for-profit prison companies in the U.S. It operates multiple facilities in Texas, with a history of abuse and prison riots due to deaths of prisoners. It is also not the first time that GEO employees have been charged with crimes. GEO employees have been arrested for burglary and smuggling in contraband.