Albion CO pleads guilty to criminal sex act against 2 inmates

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 August 2020 at 3:48 pm

ALBION – A former corrections officer at the Albion Correctional Facility pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sex act against two different female inmates.

James W. Castonguay, 30, of Amherst pleaded guilty in Orleans County Court on Aug. 6 and could spend time in the county jail and on probation when he is sentenced on Oct. 28.

He admitted in court to forcing two inmates to give him oral sex while he was working at the women’s prison.

He was charged last September by the State Police with third-degree criminal sexual act, official misconduct and third-degree rape.

Castonguay also is one of several corrections officers named in a $25 million federal lawsuit that alleges cover-ups of rape and sexual assault reports at Albion Correctional, Bedford Hills, Lakeview Shock Correctional and Taconic Correctional.

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