Two female former prison guards at the maximum security federal penitentiary in Florence were indicted by a federal grand jury Thursday on charges that they had sex with four male inmates, at least one of whom is Kellee S. Kissinger, 34, a former manager at the prison, and Christine Achenbach, 42, former assistant to the warden, are accused of sexual abuse Achenbach is now a U.
Reached Thursday for comment, Achenbach said she was unaware of the indictment and referred calls to her attorney, who could not The allegations strike at the heart of the prison system, said Jeff Dorschner, spokesman for U. The need to protect inmates from coercion and also to maintain order and discipline at the prison," Dorschner said.
The alleged incidents occurred between August and May at the U. Penitentiary-Florence, part of a complex at the southern Colorado town that includes the nation's most secure federal prison, Supermax.
Both women are accused of having oral sex with inmate Ollie Perriman, a cocaine dealer from Omaha, Neb. Perriman has since been moved to the federal correctional institution in Englewood.
The grand jury also alleged that Kissinger had oral sex with Gerald Bailey, an inmate whose expected release date is Kissinger also had oral sex and intercourse with inmate Rickey Harris, according to the indictment.
In addition, the indictment alleges Achenbach fondled inmate Marvin Linnear, a convicted heroin and cocaine dealer from Milwaukee who is expected to be released in The women were ordered to appear in U. District Court in Denver on July 29 before U. Achenbach could face up to 18 months in prison and It's the second time in two years a federal grand jury has indicted prison employees from Florence.
Seven guards at the penitentiary were indicted by a federal grand jury in November for alleged abuse of inmates. According to court documents, those guards were a renegade group called "The Cowboys' who roamed the maximum-security penitentiary in and administering punishment ranging from smashing inmates' heads into walls to mixing human waste into prisoners' food. This latest case is also not the first time that a female prison employee in Colorado has been accused of having sex with male inmates.
Alicia Bramall, 34, a guard at a state youth prison in Pueblo, was charged in May with one felony count of sexual misconduct in a penal institution and two misdemeanor counts of second-degree official misconduct. Prosecutors claim that Bramall had sex with two boys serving sentences at the juvenile prison in Pueblo between February and April. Also in , several female guards lost their jobs after accusations of sexual impropriety and drug trafficking at the privately run Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington.