A federal grand jury has indicted a physician assistant accused of groping five female inmates at a transfer center for prisoners in Oklahoma City.
Lawrence Walker is charged in the indictment with seven counts of abusive sexual contact and faces up to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.
The indictment was returned Tuesday by the grand jury in Oklahoma City.
The alleged offenses occurred between Dec. 4, 2010, and May 2, 2011, at the Federal Transfer Center, a facility operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons that houses male and female holdover offenders.
Walker, a 13-year Bureau of Prisons employee, surrendered Wednesday and was released from custody on his own recognizance following a detention hearing. He is on paid administrative leave.
His attorney, Scott Adams, said his client is innocent of the charges because he treated inmates in a room visible to other detention center workers.
“There is not one single third party that has come forward and said they saw him do anything,” Adams said Thursday. “The only people who have come forward are these five inmates who clearly, in my opinion, have an ulterior motive.”
Adams said the inmates made up the allegations after he refused to give them certain medications.
“They all got mad at him and came up with this story,” the attorney said.