Former prison transport officer indicted for sexual assault

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Former Arizona prison transport officer charged with sexual assault of detained inmates. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Former Arizona prison transport officer charged with sexual assault of detained inmates. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

A former Arizona prison transport officer has been indicted on sexual assault while using a gun to further the crime.

Eric Scott Kindley, 49, received a two-count indictment from a federal grand jury in Little Rock, Arkansas.  

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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the first count of the indictment charges Kindley in bodily injury and includes the use of a dangerous weapon, kidnapping, and aggravated sexual abuse. The second count regards knowingly possessing a firearm in furtherance of these crimes of violence.

This is not the first time Kindley has been charged with sexual assault. Back in June, Kindley was indicted for a similar crime, while threatening the woman he had in his custody in Phoenix, Arizona.

Kindley previously operated a prison transport business out of Arizona, where he would transfer individuals with out-of-state warrants to different detention centers. Kindley was officially arrested on June 1, in Stockton, California in connection with a criminal complaint filed in the District of Arizona.

The USDOJ has explained that the criminal complaint allegedly stated that Kindley committed multiple sexual assaults for different transports between January and May of this year.

Transports with assumed victims were from California to Arizona, Alabama to Arizona, and Mississippi to New Mexico. In each transport. Kindley has been described to restrain and assault the prisoners while threatening them with a firearm.

Kindley is now detained in Arizona following his arrest in Stockton and is facing a life in prison if he is found guilty. The investigation remains ongoing.

Anyone with any additional information regarding Kindley is encouraged to call the Phoenix Division of the FBI at (623) 466-1999. 

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