Former Alabama prison guard admits to having sex with inmates in federal custody

Published 1:42 pm Thursday, April 30, 2020

A former corrections officer at a federal prison in Alabama pleaded guilty Thursday to charges related to sexual assault of female inmates.

Federal prosecutors said Adrian L. Stargell, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the rights of two women, whom prosecutors said he sexually assaulted on multiple occasions, and one count of making false statements to federal agents.

Stargell was an education specialist at the Federal Correctional Facility in Aliceville.

“The Department of Justice will not tolerate prison officials who abuse their positions of power to sexually assault individuals in their custody,” Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband said in a statement.

He will be sentenced in August.

The Aliceville prison is a low-security facility with more than 1,000 female offenders about 40 miles (64 kilometers) west of Tuscaloosa, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons website.