Correctional officer pleads guilty to accepting bribes

A California correctional officer recently entered a guilty plea to accepting bribes at U.S. District Court in Sacramento.

Stephen Joseph Crittenden, 44, of Suisun City, entered the plea on Thursday, April 12. According to court documents, Crittenden was a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation correctional officer at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

From 2021 through 2023, he accepted bribes, totaling more than $45,000, from inmates to smuggle cellphones into the California Medical Facility.

Crittenden is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 12, 2024, by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley. and faces a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas M. Fogg is prosecuting the case.

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