Former Prison Official Charged With Having Sex With Inmates

May 2, 2008

Former prison official faces sex charges after being indicted in Fluvanna County.

Patrick Owen Gee, 45, was indicted this week in Fluvanna County. He faces a maximum of five years in prison on each felony count of having carnal knowledge of inmates.

The offenses allegedly occurred from Sept. 27, 2005, to last July 31 and involved three inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. He is expected to make his first court appearance May 9, but no arraignment date has been set.

Court papers list Gee as being from Richmond. A phone number listed in the name of a Patrick Gee in Richmond has been disconnected.

Fluvanna is the state's largest prison for women, with about 1,200 inmates. Nine current or former female inmates at a smaller prison, the Pocahontas Correctional Unit in Chesterfield, recently reached a tentative settlement in a $10 million lawsuit alleging sexual improprieties by staff.

Gee is no longer employed at the prison, Fluvanna County Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff W. Haislip said.

Larry Traylor, spokesman for the Department of Corrections, said he could not discuss Gee's departure because it is a personnel matter. Gee began work for the department from June 14, 1990, to last Aug. 2. He was security chief for about two years.

Traylor said staff members are given sexual-misconduct training at the department's academy and during annual refresher sessions. The Pocahontas inmates allege that "between 2003 and 2006 there was extensive and ongoing sexual abuse of inmates at the prison by various corrections officers, employees and educators working at the prison."

Pocahontas, a 260-inmate prison for women, is now called the Central Virginia Correctional Unit #13.

One inmate there became pregnant by a former Pocahontas lieutenant who has since been convicted of carnal knowledge of an inmate. Haislip said there were not believed to have been any pregnancies involved in the charges against Gee.

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