SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Department of Homeland Security investigators have found no evidence of sexual abuse and harassment at a Texas immigration lockup that houses women and children, according to a report released Friday.
The inspector general launched the investigation after a woman being held at the facility in Karnes City reported she had heard rumours about women being removed from their cells at night to have sex with guards in the laundry room. Investigators interviewed 33 people and spent 380 hours investigating several allegations made by the woman, all of which were found to be untrue, according to the report.
Women interviewed by investigators denied engaging in any sexual activity with guards and said they received no preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favours, according to the report.
Allegations that a detainee was impregnated by a guard were determined to be false after she voluntarily submitted to a pregnancy test, which turned up negative, the report said.
A review of 360 hours of surveillance video footage from the laundry room also failed to show any of the women being escorted there after hours. And investigators found no evidence that guards had deposited money into the commissary accounts of the women or paid for rental of apartments upon their release.
Attorneys representing women at the 500-plus-bed immigration facility filed a federal complaint last October after detainees told them that some women were removed from their cells at night to have sex with guards and were promised money or legal help with their pending cases in exchange for sexual favours.