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Federal inmate in South GA gets more time in prison after exposing himself to female staff

Already in prison on weapons charge, inmate earns additional months

Already in prison on weapons charge, inmate earns additional months

A federal inmate already serving nearly 20 years on weapons charges will serve more time behind bars after repeatedly exposing himself to female prison staff.

Bruce Ferguson, 55, was sentenced by the Honorable Magistrate Judge Benjamin W. Cheesbro to 11 additional months in prison consecutive to his current federal sentence of 225 months, said U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine. Ferguson was an inmate at Federal Correctional Institute Jesup, in Jesup, Ga., when he exposed himself to a female staff member.

During his time as a federal inmate, Ferguson has racked up at least 10 previous disciplinary incidents, which included seven prior incidents with similar conduct of exposing himself to female Federal Bureau of Prisons staff.

At the federal courthouse in Brunswick, GA U.S. Attorney Bobby L. Christine said the following:

“The honorable employees at our correctional institutions work hard every day and deserve to see prosecuted those who would victimize them,” said Bobby L. Christine, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia. “Ferguson apparently has failed to learn what most others in federal custody have: He isn’t going free until his time is up. There is no parole in the federal system, and as long as he continues to abuse the prison staff, he will continue to spend more time in their custody.”

Federal inmate abuse of female staff members has increased in recent years, with more than 850 cases of exposure in 2016, more than 1,000 in 2017 and already nearly 1,100 in the first 10 months of this year.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the FBI. Assistant United States Attorney Marcela C. Mateo and Special Assistant United States Attorney Katelyn Semales prosecuted the case on behalf of the United States.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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