– A former Senior Correctional Officer at the Federal Correctional
Complex (FCC) in Beaumont, Texas, was sentenced yesterday in federal
court for assaulting an inmate housed at the facility.
“The Justice Department is committed to prosecuting correctional
officers who use their position of authority to harm others, as opposed
to upholding the duties of their job and protecting the individuals in
their care,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil
“Correctional officers work hard every day to enforce the rules and
ensure order within our prisons,” said U.S. Attorney Stephen J. Cox
Eastern District of Texas. “When an officer acts like a schoolyard
bully, it undermines the important work of all correctional officers and
disrupts the very law and order they have sworn to protect.”
Tavoris Bottley, 35, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thad
Heartfield to 18 months in federal prison, followed by one year of
supervised release. Bottley previously pleaded guilty on Dec. 5, 2019, to one count of violating the civil rights of an inmate in his custody.
According to plea documents and information presented in court, on
June 8, 2017, while on duty as a federal correctional officer at FCC
Beaumont, Bottley punched A.A, an inmate, in the face and head multiple
times without justification. Bottley admitted that he and his
supervisor, Khristal Ford, intentionally unlocked and entered the
secured cell where A.A. was being held with the intention of assaulting
the inmate for being disrespectful and throwing a food tray. Bottley
admitted that he then punched A.A., even though A.A. did not pose any
threat at the time.
BOP Lieutenant Khristal Ford previously pleaded guilty
on May 29, 2019, to aiding and abetting in the assault of A.A., and
admitted to submitting written reports that omitted any reference to the
assault in an effort to cover up the incident and make it appear
justified. Ford was sentenced on Jan. 8, 2020, to 24 months in prison.
This case was investigated by the Department of Justice, Office of
the Inspector General, and was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Katherine G.
DeVar of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael A. Anderson of the Eastern District of