Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Priest sentenced to 4 years in rapes of female inmates

Vincent Inametti, 48, a priest who had sex with two inmates at a federal prison for women in Ft. Worth, will be serving 4 years in prison for sexual abuse of an adult ward. His sentencing judge was U.S. District Judge Terry Means. FMC Carswell is a federal medical center for women prisoners. Inametti worked there from August 13, 2000 to September 26, 2007 and was ordained in his native Nigeria. Inametti is a naturalized US citizen.

According to documents filed in the case, Inametti worked as a Catholic chaplain at FMC Carswell from August 13, 2000, to September 26, 2007. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was ordained in his native country, Nigeria. He pleaded guilty in November to two counts of sex abuse of a ward.

The Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, (DOJ-OIG) received a complaint in March 2007 that Inametti was sexually involved with a particular inmate, D.D. Subsequent investigation by DOJ-OIG agents revealed that Inametti was also sexually involved with another inmate, E.R. Both inmates were serving federal prison sentences for drug distribution conspiracy convictions.

D.D. became acquainted with Inametti in August 2004 when she began attending Catholic services, joining the choir and participating in Bible study classes at FMC Carswell. E.R. became acquainted with Inametti a few months later, in November 2004, as a result of her assignment as a clerk for the Religious Services Department at FMC Carswell.

In documents filed in Court, Inametti admitted that in February 2006, he directed D.D. to the chapel library, where he engaged in a sexual act with her. He further admitted that in June or July 2006, he summoned E.R. to a classroom in the chapel where he engaged in a sexual act with her.

In sentencing, Means was more blunt. "This is rape and this is sodomy," he said.

Sentencing guidelines called for a sentence between 10 and 16 months, but because Inametti betrayed the trust of both a federal employee and as a priest.

"For this he will face a higher authority than this one," Means said.

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