A Georgia man, formerly residing in Lexington, Ky., Hosea Lee Jr., 43, pleaded guilty on Friday, before Chief U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves, to committing five counts of sexual abuse of a ward.
On July 29, 2021, a former BOP Drug Treatment Specialist assigned to the Federal Medical Center Lexington (FMC Lexington) in Kentucky was arrested following a July 23 Indictment charging him with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, two counts of aggravated sexual abuse, two counts of abusive sexual contact, seven counts of sexual abuse of an inmate, and one count introduction of contraband. Hosea Lee, Jr. was indicted in the Eastern District of Kentucky.
According to the Indictment, from in or about August 2019 through in or about December 2019, Lee engaged in sexual conduct with four inmates in BOP custody, and sexually abused two of the victims by using force against the victims and placing the victims and fear that their children or other family members would be killed or harmed if they did not comply.
Sexual abuse and other violations
Also according to the Indictment, from in or about August 2019 through in or about December 2019, Lee provided contraband, including suboxone, alcohol, and cigarettes, to inmates at FMC Lexington.
Lee was indicted in July 2021.
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; William J. Hannah, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Justice, Office of the Inspector General, Chicago Field Office; and Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office, jointly announced the guilty plea.
The investigation was conducted by DOJ-OIG and FBI. The U.S. Attorney’s Office was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tashena Fannin and Kate Smith.
Lee is scheduled to be sentenced on July 29, 2022. He faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a fine of not more than $250,000. However, any sentence will be imposed by the Court, after its consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal sentencing statutes.