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Florida Federal Correctional Officer Indicted For Sexual Abuse Of An Inmate

A Florida man was indicted by a federal grand jury charging him with one count of sexual abuse of an individual in federal custody.
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A federal grand jury indicted a Florida man charging him with one count of sexual abuse of an individual in federal custody.

Lenton Jerome Hatten, 54, of Tallahassee, Florida, made his initial appearance in federal court to face the charge on Thursday.

The indictment alleges that, between October 2021, and August 2022, Hatten engaged in sexual acts with an inmate while employed as a sports specialist for the Bureau of Prisons.

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The trial for Hatten is set for June 5, 2023, at 8:15 a.m., at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee before the Honorable Senior United States District Judge Robert L. Hinkle. 

If convicted, Hatten faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, five years to Life on supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James A. McCain.

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