In a cellblock reserved for problem inmates at the nation’s largest federal prison complex in Florida, Antwon Pitt became known as a sexual menace, the Washington Post reports. The violent offender from D.C., now 22, habitually dropped his pants, exposed his penis and masturbated when anyone passed by his cell, according to detailed accounts from 10 prison staffers.
One time, he was so disobedient and violent that a team of officers had to subdue him with pepper spray while outfitted in helmets and gas masks. Pitt was not prosecuted, despite nine referrals to the FBI. Instead, he was released after serving a two-year sentence for robbery.
Two months after Pitt returned to the District, federal officials lost track of him after he cut off his GPS bracelet. He was arrested two days later on drug charges, but a D.C. magistrate judge released him without knowing the details of his time in prison. A week later, Pitt raped a 40-year-old college professor in her home. Pitt was convicted in June. “They dropped the ball here,” said Lisa Ward, a veteran federal corrections officer at the Florida prison. “And [the woman] in D.C. paid for it.” Neither the FBI nor the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida would comment. It is unclear whether details of the FBI investigation were communicated by the Bureau of Prisons to the Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency for the District of Columbia (CSOSA), the federal agency responsible for supervising D.C. parolees.
“It honestly made me sick to my stomach,” said Jose Rojas, the president of the federal prison’s corrections officers union. “I believe the U.S. attorney’s office and the FBI are partially responsible for that assault in D.C.”