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Judge: Robert L. Hinkle
Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (Leon County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee
Description: Tallahassee, Florida criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with sexual abuse of an individual in federal custody.
Between October 2021, and August 2022, Lenton Jerome Hatten, age 54, of Tallahassee, Florida, engaged in repeated sexual acts with an inmate while employed as a sports specialist for the Bureau of Prisons at the Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee. Immediately after being reported, a forensic examination was conducted of the victim by a sexual assault nurse examiner. A mixed DNA profile was obtained, which confirmed the profile was 33 octillion (3.3 x 1028) times more likely to be from the victim and Hatten than the victim and an unknown, unrelated person.
At the time of the report, Hatten was on vacation leave and when made aware, he resigned his position. As such, Hatten had no further contact with inmates.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney James A. McCain.
Outcome: Defendant pled guilty. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison, 5 years to Life on supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine.