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MDC Corrections Officer arrested for inappropriate behavior with inmates

Created: 06/19/2014 4:53 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

There is an intentional difference in power between jail guards and inmates at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center. But deputies say Andres Verdugo crossed lines with his power. Lines that are downright criminal.

Deputies say Verdugo went into a cell and asked an inmate to see her breasts. Then he took her into a closet and raped her. Other women have also come forward with claims.

One female inmate claimed Verdugo asked her to wear tight fitting uniforms so that her private areas would be more revealing. That same woman stated that he wanted her to "strip naked and do ten jumping jacks for him."

Another woman claimed Verdugo watched the females while they showered.

Another inmate told investigators Verdugo bribed them with "pizza and soda to take off their clothes for him."

One woman said Verdugo threatened them...stating that after she complained about Verdugo, he told her he would "take them out to the mesa and burn them in a car," and "feed them to pigs because pigs eat everything except the hair."

Andres Verdugo is on paid leave now. Tonight, he's the one out of the guard uniform, now wearing orange.  Verdugo was booked for criminal sexual penetration and intimidation of a witness. Verdugo is being held on a $50,000 cash bond.   

MDC Jail staff declined KOB’s request tonight to interview them.

There are some details on this case that are graphic and not suitable for children.

View: criminal complaint


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