A federal corrections officer, Colin Akparanta, has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing seven female inmates.
On Wednesday, the 43-year-old federal corrections officer, pleaded guilty to abusing just one victim as Manhattan federal prosecutors said they had evidence he stashed feminine hygiene products in his lockers and also found a list of products he was planning to give to the women he was sexually abusing.
“During 2017 in the [Metropolitan Correctional Center] while I was working as a correction officer, I sexually abused an inmate. I did so by touching her genitalia,” Akparanta admitted. “I deprived that inmate of her right to be free of that contact.”
Colin Akparanta, originally from Nigeria, admitted using his authority to coerce the inmate into sex acts in 2017. He pleaded guilty to felony counts of abusive sexual contact and deprivation of civil rights.
He also agreed to pay restitution to more than a half-dozen inmates he was accused of abusing during his tenure at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Akparanta was charged with touching women’s breasts, vagina and, with at least one victim, smuggling contraband female products into the jail in exchange for the continued performance of sexual acts.
The corrections officer touched the inmate’s breasts and digitally penetrated her vagina as her body was pressed up against the cell’s door, causing substantial pain, records show.
Akparanta also fondled her while escorting her to the shower and requested she touch his penis over his pants, which she did, records state.
He faces a maximum of 12 years in jail and will be sentenced July 8.