Federal corrections officer accused of lying about alleged prison affairs

Published: Nov. 24, 2016 at 11:28 PM HST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2016 at 10:30 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former corrections officer at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center is accused of having relationships with two inmates and lying about it.

Diego Contreras, 31, of Haleiwa is accused of having relationships with two female prisoners, which is illegal. Both women were released from the detention center in April, but Contreras allegedly continued his relationships with them.

"This is an ongoing problem with this particular facility ... and I think they haven't solved it," said attorney Eric Seitz.

Seitz has filed several lawsuits on behalf of female prisoners alleging they were forced to have sex with federal corrections employees.

Contreras has denied the allegations but a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Honolulu cited witness accounts from inmates and fellow corrections officers.

One woman prisoner told investigators that "Contreras kissed her on numerous occasions inside an office at the (Federal Detention Center)."

An investigator said she uncovered records of more than 100 phone calls between that woman and numerous emails he sent under an alias to both inmates.

Federal Detention Center officials could not be reached on this holiday. Contreras' arraignment is set for Dec.12th.

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