Federal prison guard charged with years of sexual abuse of four female prisoners at the New York branch

A federal prison guard in New York City has been charged with nine charges of alleged sexual abuse of four female prisoners over the course of six years.

Colin Akparanta, 42, was arrested Tuesday on charges of penetrating the victims' vagina with his fingers, stroking their breasts, buttocks and genitals at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan between 2012 and 2018 while he smuggled food, makeup and hygiene products to encourage women to keep quiet.

Akparanta, which usually & # 39; AK & # 39 ;, & # 39; Akon & # 39; and & # 39; Africa & # 39; is mentioned, the victims would also have asked for their contact details to reach them after their release, according to a 13-page dismissal released on Tuesday.

"As mentioned, Colin Akparanta was a uniformed predator and took advantage of his position to sexually abuse multiple prisoners over a period of several years," said Attorney General Geoffrey S. Berman.

& # 39; No prisoner in a Bureau of Prisons facility should be afraid of sexual abuse by a correctional official, and fortunately Akparanta will have no more victims. & # 39;

Colin Akparanta, 42, was arrested Tuesday in New York City for allegations of sexual abuse of four female prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan (photo)

Colin Akparanta, 42, was arrested Tuesday in New York City for allegations of sexual abuse of four female prisoners at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan (photo)

Akparanta, who started working at MCC in 2004, is accused of sexually abusing four female victims of detainees from the end of 2012 until April 2018.

At that time, & # 39; in an attempt to hide his illegal behavior, Akparanta told at least one of the victims not to tell anyone because no one would believe her, & # 39; read the charges.

Akparanta is accused of having performed sexual acts with & # 39; Victim-1 & # 39; in January 2018 in a part of MCC called & # 39; the Bubble & # 39 ;, which was out of sight of security camera & # 39; s.

It is said that he had penetrated the Victim-1 vagina with his fingers, causing the woman physical pain, touching her breasts and buttocks, and asking the woman to touch his penis over his clothing, what the prosecutor said that she did.

In September and October of 2017, Akparanta is accused of approaching & # 39; Victim-2 & # 39; while she was in a cell that was designed for solitary confinement and painfully penetrated her slit through the slit door of the cell with her vagina. He would also have caressed her breasts and asked this woman to touch his penis over his clothing, which the prosecutor said she did.

At the same time, Akparanta is accused & # 39; Victim-3 & # 39; to approach while she was in a cell that was designed for solitary confinement and penetrated her fingers through the slotted door of the cell into her vagina.

& # 39; Victim-4 & # 39; would have been attacked at the end of 2012 in & # 39; the Bubble & # 39; by Akparanta, who allegedly had her breasts and clitoris stilled. Akparanta would also have asked the woman to touch his penis over his pants, which the prosecutor said she did.

The prison guard is also claimed to have smuggled contraband, including, but not limited to, personal hygiene, makeup and food items in the MCC for some of the victims, and, with regard to at least one of the victims, explicitly conditioned his determination of contraband on the defendant's continued performance of sexual acts with him, & quot; Berman said in a statement accompanying the release of the unclosed indictment.

"As mentioned, Colin Akparanta was a uniformed predator and used his position to sexually abuse multiple prisoners over a period of several years," said US lawyer Geoffrey S. Berman (photo). & # 39; No prisoner in a Bureau of Prisons facility should be afraid of sexual abuse by a correctional official, and fortunately Akparanta will have no more victims & # 39;

"Correction members have a duty to protect federal prisoners, but Akparanta is said to have abused his power over female prisoners," said Guido Modano, Department of Justice Office of Inspector General Special Agent-in-Charge.

& # 39; Our office is determined to bring to justice every employee of the Ministry of Justice who commits sex crimes in federal judicial institutions. & # 39;

Akparanta has been charged with four points of sexual abuse of a ward, four cases of sexual contact abuse, and a count of the deprivation of civil rights.

He was sued Tuesday in front of US magistrate Judge Debra Freeman in the Manhattan court.

The accusation of sexual abuse of a neighborhood has a maximum of 15 years in prison, offensive sexual contact has a maximum of two years in prison and deprivation of civil rights implies a maximum of 10 years in prison.

If found guilty, Akparanta & # 39; s conviction will be determined by the court.

Berman encouraged all other victims of Akparanta or someone who engaged in similar behaviors to contact his office at 866-874-8900.

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