An assistant warden at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola was arrested Tuesday on a count of second-degree rape in an incident that allegedly took place inside the prison's gates.
District Attorney Sam D'Aquilla said the attack is believed to have occurred at the home of the assistant warden, 34-year-old Barrett Boeker. According to an arrest warrant, Boeker lives at 6 Falcon Road in the tiny village of Angola inside the prison gate where some of the state penitentiary's staff live.
The West Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office has released little information but said in a statement that the jailer turned himself in on Tuesday, the same day the warrant was issued for his arrest. The rape is alleged to have occurred on Nov. 30.
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As of Tuesday afternoon, Boeker was being held at the parish jail, and his bond has been set at $200,000.
Boeker's salary is $56,930, according to Department of Public Safety and Corrections documents. He is one of 16 assistant wardens assigned to Angola.
A defendant can be charged with second-degree rape if the victim was sexually assaulted through force, through the threat of physical violence or while impaired. Upon conviction, it is punishable by five to 40 years in prison.
Boeker began working at Angola in September 2001 and most recently had been assigned to Camp J, said Department of Public Safety and Corrections Communications Director Ken Pastorick.
Pastorick confirmed that the rape reportedly occurred on prison grounds but said it happened while Boeker was off-duty and did not involve an inmate. The assistant warden has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.
The state penitentiary and the department of corrections at large has been scandalized by accusations of impropriety in the past year. Burl Cain, warden of Angola for two decades and perhaps America’s most famous jailer, retired last December amid questions about his business ties to advocates for two state inmates and was replaced by current warden Darrel Vannoy. More recently, an audit determined that two high-ranking Angola employees siphoned at least $160,000 from an employee recreation fund.
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