Former Prison Priest Charged with Sexual Assault

CBS 11
November 8, 2007

(CBS 11 News) FORT WORTH There are allegations of sexual misconduct and abuse at a local prison and authorities say the accused is a priest.

Father Vincent Inametti is supposed to be a "man of the cloth," but Thursday federal marshals confiscated his passport.

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For years Father Inametti was a confidant, for the confined but now, the prison priest could end up behind bars.

U.S. Attorney John Bradford told CBS 11 News that Inametti faces, "Two felony counts of sexual abuse of a ward, which is a federal violation."

Federal prosecutors have charged Father Inametti for allegedly sexually assaulted an inmate on two occasions at the Federal Medical Center Carswell, in Fort Worth.

The prison chaplain is no longer employed at the medical center, after five years of service.

CBS 11 News contacted the Federal Medical Center Carswell and Public Information Officer Maria Douglas said, ""He's not currently an employee with the Bureau of Prisons and has not been with the agency since September 26, 2007."

Prosecutors say the two alleged sexual assaults, against female inmates, took place in February and June of 2006.

Father Vincent appeared in federal court Thursday to face the two counts of abuse, which carry a maximum of 10 years in prison.

Inametti's attorney, Mike Heiskell, told CBS 11 News that his client has committed no crime. "This is simply a case of two willing adults, two consenting adults, being accused of having intimate activities in the wrong place at the wrong time."

Prison officials say there is a 'zero tolerance' policy against any sexual activities with inmates.

Father Vincent was released on his own recognizance and is scheduled to be arraigned November 19th.


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