OAKLAND, Calif. - A formerly incarcerated woman at the federal prison in Dublin on Thursday sued a correctional officer and the warden in the first civil lawsuit alleging sexual assault and battery in at least a quarter-century.
The plaintiff, identified as M.R. in Northern California U.S. District Court documents, alleged that she was sexually abused and then threatened by former Correctional Officer Ross Klinger, who has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse of a ward charges filed by the Department of Justice.She claimed that he said he would kill her if she snitched to anyone that they were having sex, her suit states. "This case is against Officer Klinger, who sexually assaulted and abused my client while she was an inmate at FCI Dublin," M.R.'s attorney, Jessica Pride of San Diego told KTVU. "He subjected her to cruel and unusual punishment.
And being sexually abused was not part of her sentence."Klinger is accused of having illegal sexual relations with at least three women at FCI Dublin in 2020.
KTVU interviewed one of them – Andrea Reyes – extensively earlier in March, who described a similar story to M.R's.: Klinger not only promised to marry both of them, and then said he would harm them if they left him, but he also dug into their personal records to prey on their psychological frailties.Efforts to reach Klinger or speak with his attorney have been repeatedly unsuccessful.