Former Correctional Officer, Ashley Marie Aurich Pleads Guilty to Submitting False Report Related to a Federal Civil Rights Investigation
SACRAMENTO, CA (STL.News) A former California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations (CDCR) correctional officer pleaded guilty today to submitting a false report in connection with a federal civil rights investigation, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
Ashley Marie Aurich, 32, of Sacramento, pleaded guilty to one count of falsification of records in a federal investigation.
According to court documents, Aurich was a correctional officer at California State Prison, Sacramento. On Sept. 15, 2016, Aurich and another former correctional officer, Arturo Pacheco, escorted an inmate whose hands were handcuffed behind the inmate’s back. During the escort, Aurich saw Pacheco bend down behind the inmate and pull the inmate’s legs out from under him. This caused the inmate immediately to fall forward violently striking his head and upper torso on the concrete. The inmate-victim was taken to the hospital where he died approximately two days later.
After the incident, Aurich prepared a false report regarding Pacheco’s assault on the victim in which Aurich inaccurately described the way Pacheco took the victim to the ground and failed to identify another witness to the assault.