Federal prison guard in Philadelphia gets 32 months for forcing inmate into oral sex

As a senior corrections officer at the Federal Detention Center, Richard Spisak had a predilection for preying on inmates, using his position to coerce male inmates into having oral sex with him, federal prosecutors said.

He even went so far as to reorganize his office, strategically aligning filing cabinets and placing papers — including prison rules and regulations — on the windows to block the view of the chair that he told one inmate would be his "assigned chair."

Spisak, 33, of Warminster, was sentenced to 32 months in a federal lockup Thursday for forcing a male inmate identified as J.W. to perform oral sex on him in January 2010. U.S. District Judge Paul Diamond ordered that Spisak, who had been free under house arrest with electronic monitoring, be taken from the courtroom in handcuffs.

Diamond, who found that Spisak also had "inappropriate sexual contact" with two other male inmates, said the former correction officer's conduct was "appalling." The sentence was twice what the high end of the sentencing guidelines recommended.

Spisak pleaded guilty in March to one count of engaging in a sexual act with a ward.

J.W. testified that after he had been transferred to the FDC in 2009, Spisak saw him every day the corrections officer worked and repeatedly "made advances" on him and threatened him if he didn't cooperate with Spisak's sexual demands.

On Jan. 5, 2010, J.W. said Spisak took him into his office and said he would set off his body alarm and tell authorities J.W. tried to assault him unless he performed oral sex.

According to court testimony, J.W. spit onto his own T-shirt after Spisak ejaculated then covered it with his overalls. DNA tests subsequently matched the stained shirt to Spisak.  More

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