Priest Who Sexually Abused Inmates at FMC Carswell in Fort Worth Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison

Fort Worth, Texas — May 5, 2008 — Vincent Inametti, a Roman Catholic priest, who worked as a chaplain at Federal Medical Center (FMC) Carswell in Fort Worth, was sentenced this morning by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means to 48 months in prison, announced U.S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas. Judge Means also ordered Inametti, 48, who pled guilty in November to two counts of sexual abuse of a ward, to pay a $3000 fine. Inametti is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was ordained in his native country, Nigeria. He was immediately remanded into custody to begin serving his sentence.

The Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, (DOJ-OIG) received a complaint in March 2007 that Inametti was sexually involved with a particular inmate, “D.D.” Subsequent investigation by DOJ-OIG agents revealed that Inametti was also sexually involved with another inmate, “E.R.” Both inmates were serving federal prison sentences for drug distribution conspiracy convictions.

“D.D.” became acquainted with Inametti in August 2004 when she began attending Catholic services, joining the choir and participating in Bible study classes at FMC Carswell. “E.R.” became acquainted with Inametti a few months later, in November 2004, as a result of her assignment as a clerk for the Religious Services Department at FMC Carswell.

In documents filed in Court, Inametti admitted that in February 2006, he directed “D.D.” to the chapel library, where he engaged in a sexual act with her. He further admitted that in June or July 2006, he summoned “E.R.” to a classroom in the chapel where he engaged in a sexual act with her.

U.S. Attorney Roper praised the investigative efforts of DOJ-OIG. Assistant U.S. Attorney John Bradford prosecuted the case.