Atlanta prison doctor convicted for sexual abuse of inmates

7:16 PM, Feb 7, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- A physician who was employed by the United States Bureau of Prisons was sentenced on Thursday for sexually assaulting three inmates.

According to a spokesperson for U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates, 34-year-old Dr. Lewis Jackson of Atlanta sexually assaulted three inmates in the United State Penitentiary in Atlanta.

Jackson will serve two years, one month, and is awaiting sentencing in the District of Columbia.

In January, he pleaded guilty to sexual assault of one inmate while working at the District of Columbia jail.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, "The federal inmates who relied on Dr. Jackson for their care believed he would treat them humanely. He exploited this trust when he sexually abused three inmates at the United States Penitentiary in Atlanta and another inmate at the District of Columbia jail. His conduct cost him his license to practice medicine and ensured he will spend the next several years as an inmate himself."

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz stated: "Dr. Jackson's actions victimized inmates and undermined the good work of the correctional staff at USP Atlanta. The OIG will not tolerate conduct by Justice Department employees that risks the safety of inmates and correctional officers."

Jackson was a physician at the USP in Atlanta from January 2011 - July 2012. He gave medical care to inmates in the prison's medical ward.

Authorities said Jackson molested three inmates seeking medical treatment in October 2011. He denied taking part in the sex acts when confronted by special agents of the Department of Justice and Office of Inspector General.

Jackson admitted to the sexual assault; however, when agents played an undercover recording that was made by one of the inmates involved.

He pleaded guilty to three counts of sexually abusing another inmate in the District of Columbia Jail in 2008. In this incident, he performed a series of sex acts on the inmate after he sought medical treatment from Jackson.

At the time of his arrest in Atlanta, Jackson was out on bond in the case from D.C.

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