Man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting prisoner during transport

CLAREMORE, Okla. – A former prisoner transport officer pleads guilty in federal court for kidnapping and sexually assaulting a male detainee in Missouri and Oklahoma.

56-year-old Dewayne Dudley pleaded guilty in federal court in the Northern District of Oklahoma. The Court has not scheduled a sentencing hearing at this time. Following the plea agreement, Dudley faces 12 to 15 years in federal prison. After that, he could have up to five years of supervised release.

“Dewayne Dudley exploited his position of authority when he cruelly assaulted a detainee he was charged to protect,” said Special Agent in Charge Edward J. Gray for the FBI Oklahoma City Field Office. “Today’s guilty plea demonstrates the FBI’s commitment to preserving trust in law enforcement. We will not tolerate public officials who violate the constitutional rights of our citizens.”

According to the U.S. Justice Department, Northern District of Oklahoma, Dudley worked as a prisoner transport officer for Blue Raven Services at the time of the crime. It’s a private prisoner transport company.

Authorities say Dudely performed the government function of picking up individuals arrested on out-of-state warrants. He would then take those individuals back to the jurisdiction that issued the warrants.

2021 Sexual Assault and Kidnapping Crime

(Some details explicit)

On August 26, 2021, Dudley picked up a male detainee from a Boonville, Indiana, jail to take him to Valencia, New Mexico.

The next day, before arriving in New Mexico, prosecutors say Dudley stopped the transport van at a Holiday Inn Express in Marshfield, Missouri. He rented a room.

The U.S. Justice Department states Dudley took the handcuffed detainee into the hotel room and told him to shower. Court documents state after the victim showered, Dudley pointed a gun at the victim and told him to undress.

“Dudley then proceeded to grope the victim’s genitals. When the victim’s penis did not erect, Dudley handcuffed himself to the victim, before going to sleep. Several hours later, Dudley resumed transporting the victim, before stopping the transport van at his (Dudley’s) apartment, located in Claremore, Oklahoma. Against the victim’s protests, Dudley brought the handcuffed victim inside his apartment. While inside his apartment, Dudley again groped the victim’s genitals, causing the victim bodily injury. The victim said, “No!,” and was able to break free and run outside of Dudley’s apartment,” the Department of Justice stated in a press release.

The Oklahoma City FBI Field Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Compton of the Northern District of Oklahoma and Trial Attorney Laura Gilson of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section prosecuted the case.

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