A Georgia ex-prison guard will soon be facing his own time behind bars after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of female inmates.
McClatchy reported that Edgar Daniel Johnson, a former correctional officer at the Emanuel Women’s Facility in Swainsboro, Georgia, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three women who were inmates when he worked at the detention center between 2012 and 2013. Thirteen women in total accused Johnson of sexual assault or misconduct.
In interviews with the Associated Press, four of the former guard's alleged victims described their mistreatment while under his watch.
Johnson reportedly referred to himself as a "pastor," and would "get a feel" for the women to figure out how to best manipulate them. After escalating from suggestive comments to groping to sex, he "would threaten to work the system to keep them from seeing their children if they reported anything." The former CO "vehemently denied" the allegations at the time, the report noted.
"We did a crime and we were sentenced, but nowhere did it say that we had to be his sex slaves," one of the women told the AP. "He took something from us that we can never get back."
Last year, Johnson pleaded guilty to "three counts of willfully depriving inmates of their Eighth Amendment rights," McClatchy's report noted — an amendment that bars citizens from inflicting "cruel and unusual punishments" on prisoners. He also pleaded guilty to "three counts of obstruction for coercing the women to cover up the assaults, as well as another charge in relation to him calling in a fake bomb threat," and was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Johnson will also pay the women some restitution.