Advertisement

San Joaquin County Jail guard charged with sexually assaulting three inmates

A booking mug shot of San Joaquin County correctional officer Zachary Simmons
A booking mugshot of San Joaquin County correctional officer Zachary Simmons, who is accused of sexually assaulting three women inmates.
(San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department)

A San Joaquin County correctional officer was arrested Monday on rape and other charges after prosecutors say he sexually assaulted three female inmates.

Zachary Simmons, 34, was being held in lieu of $1.2-million bail after turning himself in and being booked at the same jail where he had worked, authorities said.

Prosecutors contend that Simmons raped an inmate in 2015 and committed other sex crimes with two inmates in 2015 and 2018 at the San Joaquin County Jail in unincorporated French Camp near Stockton.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Simmons had an attorney to speak on his behalf.

Advertisement

Simmons has been with the Sheriff’s Office since 2008. He was placed on administrative leave in late August after the department began investigating allegations against him, authorities said.

“Correctional officers are in a position of trust, and they have a duty to ensure the well-being of those in custody under their care,” San Joaquin County Dist. Atty. Tori Verber Salazar said in a statement. “There is no greater perversion of that trust than the sexual assault of an inmate under your care.”

Salazar’s office said it was setting up a hotline for current and former inmates of the jail who may be victims of sexual assault. The district attorney said services and counseling would be made available.


Advertisement