Investigators say a former high-ranking corrections officer at a southeast Georgia women's prison used his power to force inmates to have sex with him.

Sworn statements to an investigator for the Georgia Department of Corrections say Edgar Daniel Johnson groped and fondled women and forced some to have sex with him.

Johnson's attorney said his client vehemently denies the allegations and looks forward to defending himself in court.

Investigators say they have identified 13 women who say Johnson victimized them, and the investigation is ongoing. Once the investigation is done, it will be turned over to the district attorney for presentation to a grand jury.

Johnson was arrested on charges stemming from the investigation in May and is free on bond. He was fired from his job in April.