Written by Norma Jean Almodovar   
Sunday, 11 September 2011 15:02

"Sexual abuse in prison is distressingly common: the Justice Department estimated that more than 217,000 prisoners, including at least 17,000 juveniles, were raped or sexually abused in America in 2008. A total of 12% of juvenile detainees, 4.4% of prison inmates and 3.1% of jail inmates (in American terminology, prisons hold long-term convicts; jails hold people awaiting trial or serving short sentences) surveyed between 2008 and 2009 reported being forced into sex. And that is the number of people, not incidents; most victims are abused more than once. More inmates reported being abused by staff than by other inmates. Sex between guards and inmates is illegal in all 50 states." The Economist, May 5, 2011

Despite the number of inmates who are raped by their keepers, there are those who believe that this type of behavior is "rare." In 2009, a Dallas, Iowa (not Texas) County Jail Official was charged with raping a female inmate. Kevin Paul Hines was charged with felony sex abuse. Coming to his defense, Louisa County Sheriff Curt Braby, president of the Iowa State Sheriffs and Deputies Association, said such crimes are “very, very rare.” Well, if you can call 217,000 a year rapes of inmates by corrections officer, "rare," I wonder what you would call that many victims of human trafficking? I mean, the US Government reported that it had opened 2,515 suspected incidents of human trafficking between January 2008 and June 2010- two and a half years... and for this, they want to shut down adult ads on classified websites... but if there are 217,000 inmates rapes, such rapes are "rare"?

Here is a list of rapist corrections officers and other law enforcement rapists which we are attempting to verify through google searches to add the links.

If you find the original articles, please send me the links at  normaja [at] webuniverse.net

Inmate rape by male and female officers is a huge problem and one that needs to be considered by all those who demand that we continue arresting sex workers for their own good.

Links to US Government/ Academic/ News Reports on inmate rape by corrections officers and jail guards:

Juveniles: (published January 2010):

Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth, 2008-09









Source of  information below: An End to Silence

THIS LIST COVERS 2007 to 2010

December 2007

Gibbs ordered to serve 15 more years for jail assaults
KXMB News 12
By Associated Press

December 20, 2007
Former Barnes County jail officer Moe Gibbs has been sentenced to 25 years in prison with 10 suspended for assaulting female inmates at the facility and 20 years with eight suspended for the rape of a Fargo woman.

Female Inmates Claim Sex Abuse By Prison Guards
KIRO News 7
December 19, 2007

The Washington Department of Corrections has begun an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by as many as 10 officers that have reportedly traded sex for privileges with female inmates at the Women's Correctional Center.

Former prison guard gets jail time for sex with inmate
Pocono Record
By Andrew Scott
December 18, 2007

Former Monroe County Correctional Facility officer Mark Gutshall has been sentenced to twenty three months in jail after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault for having consensual sex with a female inmate at the facility.

Ex-officers guilty of sex count
The Republican
By Buffy Spencer
December 11, 2007

Former Hampden County Correctional Center officers Stanford Norman and Brian K. Murphy have been found guilty of having sex with female inmates while employed at the facility.

Utah jail guards disciplined for inappropriate contact
ABC News 4
By Jill Atwood
December 9, 2007

Sexual misconduct and inappropriate contact with county jail and Utah state prison inmates has led to the suspension and dismissal of several jail guards and other law enforcement officers.

7 sue firm, cite abuse by guard at TYC facility
The Dallas Morning News
By Holly Becka

December 6, 2007
Seven young men formerly in custody at the Coke County Juvenile Justice Center have filed a lawsuit against GEO Group Inc. due to alleged abuse by a registered sex offender who worked for the company as a night-shift guard.

'Feminine' inmates criticize jail's 'protective' isolation
By Michael Mayo
December 6, 2007

In a letter to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, 10 homosexual male inmates at the Broward County jail have described being isolated from the general population for their feminine characteristics as humiliating and discriminatory.

Former Athens Police officer charged with felony sexual abuse
The News Courier
By Jean Cole
December 5, 2007

Former Athens Police officer Arthur Gooch has been charged with first degree sexual abuse and released from Huntsville City jail after posting a $5,000 bond.


Ex-DPC aide admits having sex at center
The News Journal
By Lee Williams
November 28, 2007

Former Delaware Psychiatric Center attendant Woods Etherington Jr. has pled guilty to one count of having sex in a detention facility, and one count of patient abuse after being charged with raping and abusing a patient in his care.

Spokane Co. prosecutor won't charge officer accused of rape

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
By Associated Press
November 20, 2007

Spokane County Prosecutor Steve Tucker says he has declined to file criminal charges against Detective Jason Uberuaga who has been accused of rape.

St. Lucie juvenile guard accused of sexual assault

Palm Beach Post
By Paul Quinlan
November 19, 2007

St. Lucie County's juvenile detention center private security guard Leroy Masters has been charged with sexual assault for allegedly following a female employee into a restroom and forcing himself on her. For more information on this article click here.

Corrections officer accused of inmate sex

Appeal Democrat
By Rob Young
November 17, 2007

Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility for women officer Mark Steven Susoeff has been accused of having sex with a inmate on two occasions.

Jail Guards Arrested for Sexual Assault
WHSV News 3
By Meg Gatto
November 16, 2007

Former Middle River Regional Jail officers James Pysell and Tracy Smith have been charged with having inappropriate sexual relations with inmates at the facility.

Priest Pleads Guilty To Sex With Inmates
WTAE News 4
By Associated Press
November 15, 2007

Former Fort Worth women's federal prison chaplain Vincent Inametti has pled guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a ward for having sex with two inmates at the facility.

Former officer sentenced to one year in jail for sex with inmate

By Associated Press
November 15, 2007

Former Franklin police officer Matthew Bower has been sentenced to one year in jail after pleading no contest to one count of second degree sexual abuse of an inmate and one count of official misconduct for sexually abusing a female inmate at the Franklin County Jail.

Corrections officer indicted for alleged tryst with inmate

Today's Sunbeam
By Randall Clark
November 15, 2007

Salem County Correctional Facility officer Kimberly Miller has been indicted by a grand jury for allegedly engaging in a six month sexual relationship earlier this year with an inmate under her supervision.

Corrections Officer And Inmate Plan To Wed

KIRO News 7
November 13, 2007

Former Pierce County jail officer Sara Camarillo is attempting to arrange a marriage between her and inmate Jimi James Hamilton.

Ex-guard Simpson pleads no contest in prison sex scandal

Pocono Record
November 8, 2007

Former Monroe County correctional officer Dana Simpson has pled no contest to a charge of having sexual contact with inmates.

County Jail officer convicted of engaging in sexual activity with inmate

San Luis Obispo
By Leslie Parrilla
November 1, 2007

Former San Luis Obispo County Jail officer Steven Edward Irysh has pled no contest to engaging in sexual activity with a female inmate while employed at the facility.


Ex-guard pleads guilty to bribery, sex
Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Tom Campbell
October 31, 2007

Former Petersburg Federal Correctional Center officer Alfreda Best has pled guilty to bribery and having sex with an inmate for repeatedly engaging in oral sex with inmate Rodney Simmons and being paid by an inmate to supply contraband.

Correctional officer pleads guilty to bribery, carnal knowledge

WDBJ News 7
By Associated Press
October 30, 2007

Former Petersburg federal prison correctional officer Alfreda Best has pled guilty to accepting bribes from inmates and engaging in oral sex with an inmate at the facility.

Guards Punished After Lesbian Inmate Wedding
The Ledger
October 25, 2007

The Florida Department of Corrections has disciplined eight correctional officers for their part in a what was described as a lesbian inmate wedding ceremony at Lowell Correctional Institution.

Three ex-guards cop pleas in jail scandal
Pocono Record
By Andrew Scott
October 24, 2007

Three former Monroe County jail officers charged with their involvement in providing contraband to and having sexual contact with inmates at the facility have accepted plea agreements in return for testifying against four other officers.

Eight no longer work at prison following accusations of abuse

The Examiner
By Bill Myers & Scott McCabe
October 23, 2007

Four Washington D.C. Jail officers have resigned and four others have been suspended after being accused of improperly strip searching an inmate.

Jail officer allegedly flashed inmate
San Luis Obispo
By Leslie Parrilla
October 21, 2007

Former San Luis Obispo County Jail officer Steven Edward Irysh has been charged with indecent exposure and engaging in sexual activity with a confined person for allegedly exposing himself to a female inmate and having her expose herself in exchange for candy bars and other favors.

Worker charged with sex abuse of female prisoners

Arizona Daily Star
By Dale Quinn
October 16, 2007

Pima County jail health care employee Christopher Erin Johnston has been charged with five counts of sexual abuse and five counts of unlawful sexual conduct for allegedly sexually abusing female i nmates at the facility.

Barren County Deputy Jailer Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges
October 15, 2007

Barren County deputy jailer Ricardo "Ricky" Huffman has been charged with tampering with physical evidence, sexual abuse second-degree and official misconduct for allegedly having sex with an inmate at the facility.

Corrections Officer Facing Sexual Abuse Charges
WKYT News 57
By Angela Sparkman
October 15, 2007

Otter Creek Correctional Facility officer George Hale has been charged with second degree sexual abuse and promoting contraband for allegedly having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a female inmate.

Girl alleges sex abuse in Texas prison
Chicago Tribune
By Howard Witt
October 9, 2007

A female juvenile in custody at the Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex has accused male officer Jaime Segura of watching her shower and touching her inappropriately.

Prison nurse fired

The Times-Tribune
By Borys Krawczeniuk
October 2, 2007

A Lackawanna County Prison nurse has been recently fired for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Former correctional officer charged with sexual assault

WEAN News 8
October 1, 2007

Former Burnet County Jail officer Thomas Joe Pheifer has been charged with sexual assault for the alleged abuse of an inmate at the facility.


Female prison guard from Kingston resigns after rape arrest
Daily Freeman
By Hank Gross
September 28, 2007

Former Downstate Correctional Facility officer Marcy Brodhead has been charged with rape, committing a criminal sexual act, official misconduct and promoting prison contraband for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male inmate at the facility and providing him with marijuana.

FCI guard sentenced for sex with inmate

September 28, 2007

Former Danbury Federal Correctional Institution officer Scott Frank has been sentenced to one month in prison for having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the women's facility. Upon completion of his sentence, he will be placed on five years of supervised release, the first five months of which he must spend at home being electronically monitored. The sentence also includes 200 hours of community service and he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Guard convicted of sexual contact with inmate is off probation

The Star-Ledger
By Judith Lucas
September 27, 2007

Former Union County correctional officer Sean Higgins has been released from a two year probation sentence for pleading guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate after only two months.

County jails in Maine, NH ignore federal anti-rape law

By Robert M. Cook
September 24, 2007

Officials from several New Hampshire and Maine county jails have stated that they currently have no plans to implement Prison Rape Elimination Act standards by the federal compliance deadline due to reasons ranging from a lack of funding to claims that they already have sufficient policies in place.

Pierce County Jail Officer Accused Of Sex With Inmate

KIRO News 7
September 21, 2007

A female Pierce County Jail correctional officer has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual contact with a male inmate.

Former guard charged with sex assault
Concord Monitor
By Annmarie Timmons
September 21, 2007

Former New Hampshire Department of Corrections employee Darrell Brinkley has been indicted on five counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of felonious sexual assault, one count of simple assault, one misdemeanor count of sexual assault and two counts of indecent exposure after being accused of sexual assault by female inmates.

Pierce County Jail Officer Accused Of Sex With Inmate
KIRO News 7
September 21, 2007

A female Pierce County Jail correctional officer has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual contact with a male inmate.

Veteran officer accused of fondling jail inmate
Herald News
By Ed Beeson
September 19, 2007

The Paterson Police Department's Internal Affairs unit is investigating an allegation that municipal jail officer Randy Billie inappropriately touched a female inmate.

Franklin police officer pleads guilty to sex abuse of inmate
Action 3 News
By Associated Press
September 19, 2007

Franklin County police officer Matthew Bower has pled no contest to one count of second degree sexual abuse of an inmate and one count of official misconduct for sexually abusing a female inmate at the county jail.

Guard sues after alleged abuse at jail
Nashua Telegraph
By Andrew Wolfe
September 17, 2007

Hillsborough County jail correctional officer Doris Sanabria has filed a lawsuit against the facility after allegedly witnessing other officers assault a female inmate. She claims she suffered retaliation after attempting to report the incident to her supervisors.

Rape prevention a tough issue for corrections officials

By Associated Press
September 16, 2007

State Department of Corrections Prison Rape Elimination Act program manager Ken Van Meveren discusses issues of setting standards on addressing sexual assault in prisons and jails after attending a recent South Dakota Corrections Association and Family Court Judges conference.

Employers hesitant to release applicants' background information

The Dallas Morning News
By Diane Jennings
September 16, 2007

Employment experts claim that individuals with criminal backgrounds could still be hired within the Texas Youth Commission due to standard business practices that employers believe prevent them from releasing certain information.

Counselor accused of abusing teenager

The Seattle Times
By Christine Clarridge
September 13, 2007

A female King County Juvenile Detention Center mental health counselor is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a 17-year old boy at the facility.

State settles suit with inmate who alleged rape by prison staff

Times Leader
By Associated Press
September 4, 2007

The state of Pennsylvania has agreed to pay $35,000 to settle a lawsuit by a convicted murderer who alleged that she was raped and assaulted by staff at the State Correctional Institution at Cambridge Springs.

Rape Investigation at Tennessee Youth Center
ABC News 24
September 2, 2007

A 13-year old boy at the Chad Youth Enhancement Center has been charged with the alleged rape of another boy at the center.


Former juvenile center leader acquitted
The Indianapolis Star
By Jon Murray
August 31, 2007

Marion Superior Court Judge Sheila A. Carlisle has acquitted former superintendent of the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center Damon Ellison of charges he mishandled a sexual abuse report.

Juvenile detention center responsible for sex abuse there
By Associated Press
August 29, 2007

A New Jersey state appeals court has released an opinion stating that a juvenile detention center can be held responsible if an employee has a sexual relationship with a resident.

Clackamas deputies arrested in separate cases
The Oregonian
August 16, 2007

Two Clackamas County Sheriff's Office deputies have been arrested. The first deputy was charged with official misconduct, sex abuse and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The second, was charged with assault and official misconduct stemming from his actions during the arrest of a criminal suspect.

Salem County corrections officer arrested
Bridgeton News
By Robert Linnehan
August 16, 2007

Salem County Correctional Facility officer Kimberly Miller has been charged with official misconduct, pattern of official misconduct and providing contraband to an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Officer Charged With Sexual Misconduct
Washington Post
By Theresa Vargas
August 15, 2007

Prince William County correctional officer Maria C. Torres-Corbin has been charged with carnal knowledge of an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a male inmate on house arrest.

Fired sheriff's officers won't be prosecuted
The Murfreesboro Post
August 14, 2007

Five former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office detention center employees who were fired for sexual misconduct with female inmates and violating conduct policies will not be prosecuted according to a decision by the district attorney’s office.

Inmates sue guard, allege sex assault
Concord Monitor
By Annmarie Timmins
August 11, 2007

Two women have filed a lawsuit against the New Hampshire Department of Corrections and former correctional officer Darrell Brinkley alleging that they were sexually assaulted at the state prison's secure psychiatric unit.

Two teen inmates face sex charges
Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
August 8, 2007

Two 17-year old youth offenders the Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center have been charged with aggravated sexual battery, malicious wounding, abduction, conspiracy to commit a felony and a misdemeanor charge of indecent exposure for allegedly sexually assaulting a cellmate.

Former youth prison guard accused of sex with teen inmate
The Houston Chronicle
By Associated Press
August 7, 2007

Former Ron Jackson State Juvenile Correctional Complex correctional officer Jaime Segura has been indicted for allegedly having sex with a female offender under 17.

Ex-prison officers charged with misconduct
The State
August 6, 2007

Former Department of Juvenile Justice correctional officer Karmen Nicole Chavis has been charged with second-degree sexual misconduct with a youth for alleged kissing and inappropriate touching at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Former correctional officer Jessica Nicole James has been charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with a male inmate at Broad River Correctional Institution.

Female inmates allege assault
The Seattle Times
By Jonathan Martin & Jennifer Sullivan
August 4, 2007

A class action lawsuit has been filed on behalf of two unnamed inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women against the Washington Department of Corrections alleging that incomplete investigations into inmates' complaints have resulted in repeated assaults against inmates.

Transgender inmate alleging rape loses lawsuit
KESQ News 3
By Associated Press
August 3, 2007

A San Francisco Superior Court jury has ruled in favor of six Folsom State Prison employees in a lawsuit filed by inmate Alexis Giraldo. The suit alleged that the employees failed to protect her from being sexually assaulted at the facility.

Corrections Officer Gets Max For Inmate Sex
North Country Gazette
August 2, 2007

Former Metropolitan Correctional Center corrections officer J.C. Green has been sentenced to twelve months in prison for engaging in a sexual act with a federal inmate.


Prisoner convicted of doing indecent act in Broward jail cell
By Tonya Alanez
July 25, 2007

Broward County jail inmate Terry Lee Alexander has been convicted of indecent exposure for masturbating in his cell while a female deputy witnessed from another room.

Raped, beaten, transgender inmate sues Calif. prison system

Chicago Sun-Times
By Lisa Leff
July 22, 2007

Folsom State Prison inmate Alexis Giraldo has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Corrections over a policy of assigning transgender inmates to facilities based on whether or not they have undergone sex reassignment surgery.

Oregon Sheriff Found Guilty on 11 Counts of Sexual Abuse
July 20, 2007

Former Curry County sheriff Mark Metcalf has been convicted on 11 counts of sexual abuse, harassment and official misconduct for sexually abusing three county workers.

Santa Clara County jailer accused of groping inmate's breast
The Mercury News
By Leslie Griffy
July 20, 2007

Santa Clara County Jail correctional officer Jose Perez has been arrested on suspicion of engaging in consensual sexual activity with an inmate for allegedly groping a transgender inmate's breast over the shirt at the facility.

Worker Accused Of Having Sex With Inmate At Will Jail
WBBM 780
July 8, 2007

Medical contractor Pablo Leon has been charged with custodial sexual misconduct for allegedly having consensual sex with a female inmate at the Will County Jail.

Inmate alleges affair with officer
The Daily Herald
By Scott North
July 6, 2007

Florena Aurelia Romero, who was allegedly raped in the Snohomish County Jail by a correctional officer has revealed to police that she had an affair with the man prior to her incarceration. The unnamed officer is currently on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Inmate's rape case to proceed to jury
The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Joe Mandak
July 6, 2007

A Lancaster County judge has determined that a civil lawsuit filed by State Correctional Institution-Cambridge Springs inmate Lisa Michelle Lambert against administrators at the facility for allegedly failing to prevent her from being sexually abused by employees will be heard by a jury.

Ex-corrections officer gets probation
The Star-Ledger
By Judy Lucas
July 6, 2007

Union County correctional officer Sean Higgins has been sentenced to two years of probation and 30 hours of community service for having sexual contact with a female inmate at the Union County Jail.

Westmoreland prison fires guard accused of abuse

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
By Richard Gazarik
July 3, 2007

Westmoreland County Prison correctional officer Scott Rogers has been fired after two coworkers reported that Rogers allegedly abused inmates by making them walk and bark like dogs, sing songs and kneel in uncomfortable positions with their foreheads pressed against the wall and their hands behind their heads.


Deputies jailed, fired in sex cases
Middletown Journal
By Lawrence Budd
June 11, 2007

Three county correctional employees have been jailed, fined or fired in Ohio within the past two months due to sexual misconduct.

Ex-officer admits she had sex with teens at detention hall
The Seattle Times
By Christine Clarridge
June 7, 2007

Former King County juvenile correctional officer Lydia Korolak has pled guilty to two counts of custodial sexual misconduct for having sex with two teenage boys at the facility.

Lawsuit against prison settled
The Patriot-News
By Garry Lenton
June 7, 2007

Former Dauphin County prison official Constance Bowers has received $30,000 for accrued leave and pension benefits in a settlement after being fired for refusing to drop an investigation into allegations of the beating of a female inmate by a correctional officer.

Pa. Inmates Allege Abuse From Prison Guards
WCAU News 10
By Associated Press
June 3, 2007

Pennsylvania’s Dauphin County Prison has seen an increase in the number of inmates claiming to have been abused by correctional officers at the facility through excessive force over the past year.


Former inmates allege abuse in Gem County jail
KTVB News 7
By Associated Press
May 30, 2007

Former Gem County jail inmates Janet Cain and Erica Contreras have filed claims against the county totaling $1 million, claiming that they were sexually abused while at the facility.

Former inmate files suit against Schuylkill Co. prison
The Morning Call
By Elizabeth Bartolai
May 29, 2007

Disabled former Schuylkill County inmate Thomas Zimmerman has filed a federal lawsuit against officials at the facility claiming they took his prosthetic leg from him and broke it resulting in falls and a fracture.

Juvenile Corrections Supervisor Faces Abuse Charges
KLAS News 8
By Colleen McCarty
May 29, 2007

Juvenile detention supervisor Thomas Gallia is on administrative leave with pay after being charged with felony child abuse with substantial bodily harm for allegedly pushing a youth in custody to the ground, breaking his wrist.

Sex scandal in jailhouse is uneasy topic for discussion
Winston-Salem Journal
By Scott Sexton
May 24, 2007

Agents with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigations have charged Forsyth County correctional officers Santino Cubanito and Troy Mustafa Gray with sexual activity by a custodian for having sex with inmates.

DJJ officer accused of misconduct, assault
WIS News 10
By Chantelle Janelle
May 23, 2007

Department of Juvenile Justice officer William Jerome Powe has been accused of misconduct in office and assault for allegedly inappropriately touching a woman without her consent and making comments of an inappropriate nature.

Corrections officer admits a sexual offense
Star Tribune
By Paul Gustafson
May 22, 2007

A Former Ramsey County community corrections officer has plead guilty to a gross misdemeanor charge. The officer pled guilty to misconduct of a public officer for having sex with a woman he was supervising.

Prison Worker Accused of Misconduct
Indianapolis Star
The Associated Press
May 17, 2007
A maintenance worker at the state women’s prison in Indiana was suspended after being accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate. While no criminal charges have been filed, the suspension came after an internal investigation gave the DOC justification for immediate suspension. The misconduct was reported by another inmate and the victim was transferred out of the facility.

TYC suspends official in rape case
The Houston Chronicle
May 14, 2007

Evins Regional Juvenile Center Superintendent Eduardo Martinez has been suspended after a Houston couple complained that he did not report the rape of their son to them or police.

Ex-TYC guard charged with sexual assault of S.A. girl
San Antonio Express-News
By Lisa Sandberg
May 10, 2007

Former Ron Jackson Juvenile Correctional Center correctional officer James Allen Sullivan has been indicted on 15 counts of sexual assault in connection with the alleged abuse of a 16-year old girl at the facility.

Jail deputy sentenced in sex abuse case

The Post-Standard
By Pedro Ramirez III
May 3, 2007

A former employee of the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office John D. Geruso has been sentenced to 6 years probation and 45 days in jail for sexually abusing a female inmate. Geruso will also be required to register as a sex offender as a result of the conviction.

Longtime prison chaplain target of Oregon sex abuse lawsuit
The Oregonian
By Associated Press
May 3, 2007

15 men have filed a lawsuit against Reverend Michael Sprauer for allegedly sexually abusing them while in custody during the 1970’s at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Oregon.

Corrections Officer Charged With Rape
WLKY News 32
May 2, 2007

Louisville Metro Correctional officer Richard Johnson has been with one count of second-degree rape and one count of second-degree sodomy. Johnson is currently being held in lieu of a $25,000 bond.


Sex assault alleged at prison
York Daily Record
By Mike Hoover
April 28, 2007

Medical assistant Dann Michael Lees has been charged with having inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate that he allegedly called to the medical room at York County Prison under the pretense of a pelvic examination.

Ex-guard charged with rape of teen, awaits trial in S. Dakota

Sign On San Diego
By Lisa Petrillo
April 27, 2007

Former correctional officer Charles Leroy Crowell has been charged with six counts of lewd acts with a minor, one count of unlawful sex with a child under 16 and one count of contact with a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense for allegedly raping a 14-year old girl he met on the internet.

Former worker at transition center faces sexual charge
The Bismarck Tribune
By Jenny Michael
April 26, 2007

Former Bismarck Transition Center employee Holly Engesser was charged with the sexual abuse of a ward for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with an inmate.

Corrections officer accused of sex with teen
By Deanna Boyd
April 26, 2007

Willoughby House corrections officer Andrel Waddle has been arrested on accusations that he had sex with an 18-year old resident during an outing at a Benbrook park.

Detention guard is accused of sex abuse, but won't face criminal charges
Belleville News Democrat
By Mike Fitzgerald
April 25, 2007

The St. Clair County State's Attorney has declined to charge a former juvenile detention center officer after he was accused of sexually abusing by two 17-year old females at the facility.

Former LCSO deputy accused of sex acts with minors
Lake County Record Bee
By Tiffany Revelle
April 19, 2007

Derik Navarro, former Lake County deputy sheriff has been arrested on 18 felony and 2 misdemeanor charges related to his alleged sexual involvement with two underage girls.

Ex-guard gets 20 to 40 in rape
Concord Monitor
By Annmarie Timmons
April 19, 2007

Former Shea Farm sergeant Douglas Tower has been sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison for raping and sexually assaulting a female inmate at the facility.

Ex-worker at South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility charged with sexual misconduct
South Bend Tribune
April 19, 2007

32-year old former South Bend Juvenile Correctional Facility employee Julie Singleton has been charged with one count of felony sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with a 16-year old at the facility.

Collier correctional officer charged with sexual misconduct with female inmate
Naples Daily News
April 19, 2007

Collier County jail correctional officer Wayne Lawson has been charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate after an inmate told investigators she performed oral sex on him during a work detail.

Prison considers polygraph tests for new hires
Times Leader
April 17, 2007

Corrections officer applicants at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility would have to undergo a polygraph examination prior to being hired under a proposal suggested by prison board chairman Wister Yuhas.

Inside youth prisons, scores of female guards violated boys
San Antonio Express-News
By Ken Rodriguez
April 11, 2007

A review of the Texas Youth Commission’s confirmed abuse cases show 57 cases against female correctional officers and 37 against men.

Many sex violence reports name guards
Des Moines Register
By Clark Kauffman
April 11, 2007

The US Department of Justice statistics show that more than half the reports of sexual violence in jails and prisons involve correctional officers as the alleged perpetrators. About 38 percent of those reports involved staff-initiated sexual misconduct against inmates, and an additional 17 percent involved staff sexual harassment of inmates.

2 former Texas Youth Commission administrators indicted on sex abuse charges
Napa Valley Register
By Alicia A. Caldwell
April 11, 2007

UPDATE: The former principal and assistant superintendent of the Texas Youth Commission’s West Texas State School have been indicted on charges of improper relationships with students and improper sexual activity with a person in custody for the alleged sexual abuse of youth in their care.

Female Prison Guards Are More Likely Than Males to Have Sex With Inmates
ABC News
April 9, 2007

According to a report by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General, forty-seven percent of all sexual abuse cases from 2000 to 2004 involved female correctional officers and male inmates. Men were four percent less likely to abuse female inmates.

No Jail For Deputy Accused Of Sex Crimes On Duty
KCAL News 9
April 6, 2007

Former Riverside County sheriff's deputy John Wayne Leseberg has pled guilty to two felony counts of burglary and three misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure after being accused of sexually assaulting two women while on duty. He is expected to be sentenced to time served in July after being incarcerated for two years.


Six corrections officers, cook charged in prison sex scandal
The Pocono Record
By David Pierce & Andrew Scott
March 31, 2007

Seven Monroe County Correctional Facility employees have been charged with institutional sexual assault for allegedly having illegal sexual contact with inmates.

Beaver County Jail warden suspended 1 week after probe

Centre Daily
By Associated Press
March 28, 2007

The Beaver County Prison Board has suspended jail warden William Schouppe for one week without pay in response to a county ordered investigation into alleged sexual encounters between guards and inmates, physical abuse and drug use within the facility.

Commission hears out woman sexually assaulted in jail
TWEAN News 8
March 26, 2007

The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission heard testimony from a woman who had been sexually assaulted by a police officer in Philadelphia during a National Prison Rape Elimination Commission hearing on how authorities respond to sexual assaults that occur inside prisons.

Study Links Drug Policies to Prison Rape

March 21, 2007

A report issued by Stop Prisoner Rape has linked current drug policies in the United States to prison rape.

Former Jailer Expected To Plead Guilty To Sex Charges
WXIX New 19
March 21, 2007

Former Kenton County correctional officer Michael Stokes has pled guilty to a charge of sexual abuse in the second degree for the rape of two female inmates. He has been sentenced to a year in jail as part of a plea agreement.

Prison guard is accused of having sex with inmate

The Miami Herald
By David Ovalle
March 20, 2007

Homestead correctional officer Gustavo Coronado has been arrested and charged with third-degree sexual misconduct with an offender for admittedly having sex with a female inmate in her cell.

Former guard ordered to pay victim $600,000
By Mark Arner
March 17, 2007

Former Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility officer Kimberly Lewis has been ordered by a federal judge to pay $600,000 in damages for sexually assaulting a male inmate in 2001.

Sacramento sheriff investigates deputies' phone sex with inmates
One Bakersfield Online
By Bill Curtis
March 14, 2007

Sacramento County Sheriff John McGinness has announced an investigation into inappropriate telephone conversations between two deputies and inmates. The calls were discovered during an ongoing investigation into another matter. ersfieldonline.us/news/read/3/116487">

Jail-cell sex show coerced

The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Nancy Phillips & Craig R. McCoy
March 13, 2007

An internal investigation has found that Philadelphia police officer Norberto Cappas forced two women to perform indecent sexual acts in exchange for their release. The disciplinary action against Cappas has not yet been released.

Soledad prison guard arrested for alleged molestation

North County Times
By Associated Press
March 8, 2007

Soledad correctional officer Jack Boerner has been arrested for allegedly molesting a young girl.


Head of Texas Youth Commission Resigns
CBS News 11
By Associated Press
February 24, 2007

Texas Youth Commission Executive Director Dwight Harris has resigned amid allegations that high-ranking officials at the facility molested young male inmates.

Prison guard sentenced in sex-for-contraband scandal
Bradenton Herald
By Associated Press
February 21, 2007

Former Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution officer E. Lavon Spence has been sentenced to a year of home detention and three years probation after pleading guilty to mail fraud in connection with a sex-for-contraband scandal at the facility.

Officials at Texas juvenile prison accused of molesting inmates
The Houston Chronicle
By Associated Press
February 18, 2007

A report released in an internal investigation by the Texas Youth Commission of the West Texas State School alleges that former principal John Paul Hernandez and former assistant superintendent Ray Brookins had inappropriate sexual contact with numerous youth at the facility during their employment.

Ex-corrections worker sentenced for misconduct
The Indianapolis Star
February 16, 2007

Former Marion County Community Corrections supervisor Duane Posley has been sentenced to 60 days in jail and 670 days in a privately run community corrections program. Posley was convicted for two counts of drug possession and one count of official misconduct. He must also serve 80 hours of community service after his release.

Prison Psychologist Sentenced for Sex with Inmate
The Associated Press
February 13, 2007
A former prison psychologist was sentenced to 90 days in jail and three years probation for admittedly having sex with an inmate. The plea agreement allows her to apply to have her criminal record cleared if she successfully completes her probation. A revocation of her license is pending a hearing.

Inmate Indicted in Sex Abuse Case
WCAX-TV News 3
The Associated Press
February 12, 2007
A male inmate at the Lewis County Jail (New York) gained access to a female inmate’s cell and sexually assaulted her on October 17, 2006. The indictment also shows that the male inmate had already raped that female inmate in the jail shower earlier in the day and injured her. Showers at the jail have doors that lead to both female and male wings of the jail and officials say the door on the male side was unlocked.

Correctional Officer Arrested
The Times Picayune
The Associated PressFebruary 10, 2007
A correctional officer has been arrested by the Concordia Parish Sherriff’s Office on assorted charges including malfeasance in office. Allegedly, the officer brought illegal drugs into River Correctional Facility. She has been formally charged with introduction of contraband into a penal institutions and possession with intent to distribute.

Former Barnes County jailer pleads not guilty to sex charges
In Forum
By Associated press
February 7, 2007

Former Barnes County correctional officer Moe Gibbs has pled not guilty to charges of sexual assault, gross sexual imposition and sexual abuse of a ward for the alleged abuse of five women while he was employed at the Valley City Jail. Gibbs has also been accused of killing a Valley City State student and a 2004 rape in Fargo.

Ex-Salem officer faces third sex-misconduct charge

Statesman Journal
By Dennis Thompson
February 6, 2007

Former Salem police officer Sterling Alexander has been charged with second-degree sexual abuse after a third woman has come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct by the officer in early 2001.

Former Enid Jailer Faces Rape Charge
KOTV News 6
By Associated Press
February 4, 2007

Former Garfield County Detention Facility corrections officer Joshua Porter has been charged with one count of rape by instrumentation and one count of sodomy for allegedly having sex with a female inmate in her cell.

Former halfway house guard guilty of inmate rape
Boston Herald
By Associated Press
February 2, 2007

Former Shea Farm halfway house corrections officer Douglas Tower has been found guilty on two counts of rape and four counts of felonious sexual assault for coercing a female inmate under his supervision to perform oral sex on him in exchange for favors.


Former corrections officer says he didn't rape inmate
WCAX New 3
By Associated Press
January 31, 2007

Former Shea Farm halfway house corrections officer Douglas Tower has testified that he never touched the woman accusing him of raping and assaulting her in his office but did say that the two willingly kissed once while alone in a prison van. Tower also stated that he accidentally touched the woman on one occasion when she appeared to have something sticking out of her bra.

County investigating inmate's rape claim
McKinney Courier-Gazette
By Danny Gallagher
January 29, 2007

A male inmate at the Collin County Detention Center has been treated for minor injuries and placed in an isolated cell after he claimed he was raped by another male inmate.

Guard's accuser cross-examined
The Union Leader
By Beverly Wang
January 27, 2007

A 23-year old woman who accused corrections officer Douglas Tower of sexually assaulting her while she was an inmate at Maine’s Shea Farm halfway house said during cross-examination that she didn't report Tower because she had no friends and trusted no one.

Ex-prison officer faces rape charges
Portsmouth Herald
By Associted Press
January 26, 2007

Former corrections officer Douglas Tower is now on trial in the first of thirteen cases against him alleging that he sexually assaulted female inmates at Maine’s Shea Farm halfway house. He is currently facing two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, four counts of felonious sexual assault and four counts of simple assault.

Prison sex suit can go forward
The Detroit News
By Ronald J. Hansen
January 25, 2007

A federal judge has overturned a Michigan law intended to write prison inmates out of the state's civil rights act which will allow a lawsuit alleging rampant sexual abuse of female inmates by state prison employees to proceed.

Limits on Prison Suits Are Eased
The New York Times
By Linda Greenhouse
January 23, 2007

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that all inmate lawsuits should follow the same procedures that apply to any other lawsuit unless explicitly provided otherwise by Congress.

Federal CO Guilty Of Sex With Inmates
North Country Gazette
January 22, 2007

Nicholas Defonte , a former correctional officer with the Bureau of Prisons has been sentenced to 18 months in prison after he was found guilty of two counts of engaging in sexual relations with an inmate in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (in Manhattan) and one count of making false statements.

Ex-prison worker spared jail time

The Patriot-News
By Joe Elias
January 21, 2007

Former Perry County Prison cook Ruby Louise Smith received a suspended sentence of 3 to 9 months and 30 hours of community service after pleading guilty to one count of institutional sexual assault for having sex with an inmate.

Deputy jailer accused of rape
The Enquirer
By Cindy Schroeder
January 20, 2007

Kenton County deputy jailer Michael C. Stokes has been fired and is in custody after being accused of raping and sodomizing two female inmates. Stokes has pled not guilty to three counts of first-degree rape and three counts of first-degree sodomy- each charge carries a penalty of 10 to 20 years in prison.

Police: Four assault inmate

The Daily Star
By Jake Palmateer
January 17, 2007

Inmates Mark A. Briley, Joseph D. Clary, Derick R. Nichols and Dustin C. Freeman of the Otsego County jail have been charged with first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree aggravated sexual abuse Tuesday after allegedly sodomizing another inmate with a travel toothbrush holder and forcing him into oral sex. The incident was reported by the victim’s family after visiting him the same day.

Sheriff Charged With Four Counts Of Sex Abuse
Curry Coastal Pilot
By Valliant Corley
January 17, 2007

Sheriff Mark Metcalf was arraigned on charges of sexual abuse in the third degree, harassment and official misconduct in the first degree for alleged sexual contact and harassment of three female inmates over the past two years. Metcalf is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Officers Accused Of Photographing Inmates Showering
By Associated Press
January 14, 2007

Three correctional officers at the Hawkins Center for Women have been transferred to the male Wrightsville facility pending an investigation into accusations that the officers have taken pictures of female inmates showering with a cell phone.

Ex-guard faces more serious rape charges

Argus Leader
By Josh Verges
January 13, 2007

Former Sioux Falls correctional officer Charles Leroy Crowell has been indicted on two counts each of second and fourth degree rape involving a 14-year old California runaway who called him her boyfriend. The charges carry punishment up to 50 and 15 years respectively.

Bill targets worker sex with inmates
Billings Gazette
By Associated Press
January 11, 2007

The Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make it illegal for people in any position of power at correctional facilities, including volunteer workers, to have sexual relations with inmates and no longer allow an inmate’s consent to be used as a defense. The Committee was also unanimous in their support for another bill that would make it a crime to harbor convicted sex offenders. Residents could be subject to prison time for concealing the location of sex offenders to law enforcement or failing to disclose suspicions that a sex offender who is required to register has not complied. Both bills now move to the floor.

2 prison guards sentenced
Orlando Sentinel
By Associated Press
January 11, 2007

Gregory Dixon and Alan Moore, former correctional officers at the Tallahassee Federal Correctional Institution each received one-year prison sentences Wednesday for their roles in a conspiracy to trade cigars, cigarettes, gum, jewelry and cosmetics to inmates for sex and money that ended in a fatal shootout at the women’s facility.

Former Female Inmate Charges Oklahoma Prison With Sex Abuse
Oklahoma Eagle
By Sholeb Hall
January 11, 2007

Pamela Smith, a former inmate at the Tulsa Community Correctional Center has been granted court permission to circulate a grand jury petition that seeks an investigation into her accusations that Don Cochran a license examiner who worked at the facility repeatedly subjected her to unwanted sexual acts between November 1997 and May 1998. In January of 2000, after Smith filed a lawsuit against Cochran he resigned before the internal affairs investigation was completed for reasons he says were unrelated to the investigation.

Former prison guard charged with rape
The Rapid City Journal
By Associated Press
January 10, 2007

34-year old Charles LeRoy Crowell, a former South Dakota State Penitentiary correctional officer has been arrested on two felony counts of fourth-degree rape for allegedly raping a 14-year-old girl who had been reported missing from her home in California.

Woman pleads guilty to supplying alcohol to inmates, other charges
The Daily Astorian
January 10, 2007

A former staff member of the Clatsop County Transition Center pleaded guilty Friday to several charges stemming from an incident last October in which inmates were allowed to have alcohol and leave the facility without official authorization. She was arrested and was arrested and charged with official misconduct, supplying contraband, unauthorized departure, tampering with physical evidence and custodial sexual misconduct. The former employee pled guilty to supplying contraband, a felony, and official misconduct and unauthorized departure, both misdemeanors; sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 9.

Three officers given separate rape trials
The Baltimore Sun
By Julie Bykowicz
January 10, 2007

Three Baltimore police officers charged will be given separate trials after Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Wanda K. Heard ruled yesterday that the officers' right to a fair trial would be irreparably harmed if a single jury decided their fates. The three officers stopped the victim and a friend and handcuffed her and brought her to the police station. Once in the precinct, one of the officers allegedly raped her after telling her she could avoid criminal charges by having sex with him. The other officers have been accused of not intervening. They were all suspended without pay after their indictments a year ago.

Former jail guard sentenced in sexual-misconduct case

The Seattle Times
By Natalie Singer
January 6, 2007

Former King County correctional officer Cedric Darnell McGrew has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty in November to second-degree custodial sexual misconduct and third-degree assault for being sexually involved with two female inmates.

Ex-prison worker indicted in sex case

Toledo Blade
By Mark Reiter
January 5, 2007

Former Ohio state prison food service coordinator Cheryl Malay has been indicted on counts of felony sexual battery and dereliction of duty after being seen on a prison security camera having sex with an inmate.  




December 2008

Probe: Sex assaults by staff on inmates 'a problem' at federal prisons
Jay Weaver
December 28, 2008
Justice Department investigators concluded in a 2005 report that staff sexual assaults on inmates is a ''significant problem'' in federal prisons. The department's Office of the Inspector General said it investigated hundreds of allegations of inmate sexual abuse by U.S. Bureau of Prison personnel nationwide.  Such cases make up about 12 percent of the inspector general's total investigations every year. From 2000 to 2004, the office opened investigations of 351 correctional officers and other staff accused of sexually abusing inmates -- with slightly more than half resulting in administrative punishment or criminal prosecutions.

Detention Officer Arrested: Authorities say she smoked crack and had sex with young offender
Shelton Green
December 17, 2008

Magdalene Bombella is in the Travis County Jail charged with hindering apprehension. Investigatorssay she admits paying forhotel rooms for her then 17-year-old son this summer so he could have sex with hisprobation officer/counselor, Cynthia Kathaleen Brown. Bombella is charged with hindering apprehension and Brown has the same charge as well as improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

Sexual Incidents Reported at TYC
Houston Chronicle
Associated Press
December 17, 2008

Five juvenile inmates either engaged in sexual activity or were sexually assaulted b y other inmates at a Texas Youth Commission jail in Mart over the past 45 days. All five incidents were reported through calls to the 24-hour TYC telephone hot line. The Texas Office of the Inspector Generali s conducting the investigation and will present its finding to the local authorities for prosecution if cases are made.

Texas officials say it's too soon to give up on youth prison agency
Dallas Morning News
Emily Ramshaw
Tuesday, December 16, 2008

State legislatures and juvenile justice officials are currently fighting over the restructuring and merging of TYC and TJPC. The debate over whether to merge the two agencies is fundamentally about whether the TYC has served its purpose. TYC now oversees just a tiny fraction of Texas' juvenile criminals in its large, remote prisons. The question facing state leaders is whether it's more cost-effective for Texas and better for the state's juvenile offenders to serve them all at the local level – which the juvenile probation department already does.

Police: Inmate Sexually Assaulted in Jasper County Detention Center
The Beaufort Gazette
December 11, 2008

A man in custody at the Jasper County Detention Center has been charged in the sexual assault of a fellow inmate. Eighteen-year-old Jeffery Fields was charged in connection with the sexual assault of a 19-year-old male, who was being housed in the same cell. The victim awoke to Fields holding him down and assaulting him and reported the incident to a detention officer by scrawling the word "rape" in toothpaste on the metal flap of the cell's door. Fields remains in custody on his original, unrelated charge and on the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge.

Odessa Correctional Officer Facing Bribery Charges
The Associated Press
December 11, 2008

A former officer at the Ector County Correctional Center faces a bribery charge over allegations that he supplied an inmate with three bags of marijuana and a cell phone in exchange for about $450 in October. The officer faces up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 fine if convicted. He was employed by CiviGenics a company contracted by the county to manage the federal holding facility inside the Ector County Courthouse. .

Inmate Says She was Assaulted While Serving Time
The West Virginia Record
Cara Bailey
December 10, 2008

An inmate at the Anthony Correctional Center has filed a suit against the state Division of Corrections, claiming a supervisor at the prison sexually assaulted her while she was incarcerated. The suit claims that there is a “continuing practice and pattern of sexual harassment, sexual abuse and sexual assault visited upon inmates at the hands of one or more correctional officers and supervisory staff." The plaintiff is seeking compensatory and punitive damages as well as a program to train the Anthony Correctional Center employees to prevent sexual assault and harassment.

Ex-Jailers Jailed in Young Inmate’s Rape
United Press International
December 8, 2008

Two former county deputy jailers in Kentucky were sent to prison Monday for arranging to have a teenage boy raped by inmates. The pair taunted the youth about his physical appearance, telling him he would make a good "girlfriend" for the other inmates then solicited convicted felons housed in a general population cell to scare the teenager. The officers left the teenager in the cell where he was sexually assaulted by the other inmates. The teenager's father reported the incident and demanded an investigation and the defendants falsified their official reports. The two jailers were found guilty of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the 18-year-old and received sentences of 14 to 15 years of incarceration and three years of supervised release.

15 Officers Caught in FBI Drug Sting
The Chicago Tribune
Matthew Walberg and Jeff Coen
December 3, 2008
Authorities charged 10 Cook County corrections officers and sheriff's deputies, four Harvey police officers and one Chicago officer with providing protection for what they thought were a dozen large-scale shipments of cocaine and heroin.

NY Juvenile Justice Counselor Accused of Teen Rape
The Associated Press
Samuel Maull
December 3, 2008

A counselor with the New York City Department of Juvenile Justice was charged with the rape and sexual abuse of three teenage girls who were in his custody at family court. If convicted, the counselor faces up to four years in prison on each of two third-degree rape counts.

Federal Judges to Rule on California Prison Crowding
Associated Press
Don Thompson
December 1, 2008

A special three-judge panel reconvenes Tuesday and is prepared to decide whether crowding has become so bad that inmates cannot receive proper care. If they do, the panel will decide if lowering the inmate population is the only way to fix the problems. That could result in an order to release tens of thousands of California inmates before their terms are finished.


Lawmaker Questions N.J. Prison Security
The Courier Post
Tom Baldwin
November 29, 2008
A Monmouth County lawmaker called Friday for legislative hearings into security problems in state prisons identified by the State Commission of Investigation, which says street gangs are thriving in state penitentiaries.

Corrections Officer Charged with Bribery for Buying Cigarettes for an Inmate
Chicago Sun Times
Rumanna Hussain
November 27, 2008

A Cook County correctional officer has been charged with bribery and official misconduct for allegedly purchasing cigarettes for a female inmate.

Nurse Charges with Smuggling Saw to Inmate
November 25, 2008
A contract nurse was accused of trying to smuggle a saw into an inmate at MCI-Cedar Junction in Walpole to aid an alleged plot to escape. The nurse was arrested and will be arraigned on charges that include delivering an article to an inmate and aiding the escape of a prisoner.

Jail Guard from Quincy Charged with Raping Female Inmate
WickedLocal Quincy
John P. Kelly
Tue Nov 25, 2008
A corrections officer from Quincy was charged with raping a female inmate at a Boston jail. Lt. Thomas A. Healy Jr., a 17-year employee of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department, pleaded innocent to charges of rape, indecent assault and battery and having sexual relations with a prisoner as a jail guard.

4 Corrections Officers Face Obstruction, Force Counts
North Country Gazette
November 24, 3008
An indictment was unsealed this morning in Brooklyn federal court charging three former correctional officers of the Queens Private Correctional Facility operated by GEO Group, Inc. Marvin Wells, Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray, and a current QPCF officer Krystal Mack have been charged with excessive force and obstruction of justice stemming from the assault of a federal inmate in April 2007.

Federal Jury Awards PA Prison Inmate $185K
The Associated Press
November 25, 2008
A state prison inmate has been awarded $185,000 by a federal jury in a lawsuit in which he claimed officials at Pittsburgh's prison improperly took and destroyed his legal papers. Twenty-six-year-old Andre Jacobs represented himself in the trial that ended Monday. He named a dozen defendants and the jury found in his favor against two guards and a spokeswoman who work or had worked at State Correctional Institution Pittsburgh.

Ex-Sheriff's Deputy Arrested On Sex Abuse Charges
November 23, 2008
A former Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy wanted on sexual abuse charges has been taken into custody in Texas. He was wanted on charges of lewd conduct, sexual battery and showing obscene material to a child were issued.

Prison Guard Convicted Of Rape Robbery Kidnapping
North Country Gazette
November 20, 2008
A jury has found A New York City corrections officer who worked at Rikers Island guilty of rape, kidnapping, sexual assault, and robbery charges. A jury convicted him of first degree rape, four counts of first degree robbery, two counts of first degree criminal sexual acts, four counts of first degree sexual abuse, kidnapping and second degree attempted kidnapping. He faces up to 243 years in prison.

Sexual abuse case against former TYC jailer stalls
The Houston Chronicle
Alicia A. Caldwell
November 20, 2008
UPDATE: The state's sexual abuse case against a former youth prison administrator has stalled because his attorney was arrested and stopped appearing at hearings. Jerry Strickland, a spokesman for the Texas Attorney General's Office, said the office has aggressively pursued the case and will continue to do so.

Female Inmate Claims Rape
News-Journal Online
Lyda Longa
November 20, 2008
A woman who spent a night at the county correctional facility says she was raped by one or more female corrections officers. The woman, who has gestational diabetes, asked to be taken to the jail infirmary but her request was ignored. A few minutes later, the woman felt dizzy and fell on the floor of her cell. She said four officers began slapping her and pulling her hair. She was then taken to the medical unit where staff checked on her concluding she was "faking it." The officers then put the woman on suicide watch and ordered her to disrobe for a strip search. One of the officers pinned her legs down, while a second officer took her underwear off and sexually battered her while another officer "aggressively" groped her breasts to the point of pain and a fourth officer stood in the cell and watched.

Jacksonville Sheriff others cited in jail rape pre-lawsuit letter
The Florida Times-Union
Paul Pinkham

November 20, 2008
The rape of a correctional officer in the Duval County jail's law library resulted from policy lapses that left her alone and unmonitored with an unrestrained killer, according to a pre-lawsuit letter delivered to the sheriff Wednesday. The officer said she reported other inmates attacking and threatening her, but no security changes were made before she was raped in April. Her complaints include having to work alone with violent inmates in the library, which had no video surveillance and a door that could only be locked or unlocked from the outside.

Another Prison Worker Charged With Having Sex With Inmate
November 19, 2008

A woman who works at in the commissary of Gouverneur Correctional Facility has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an inmate. State police charged Laura E. Douglass on 11 counts of third-degree rape, one count of third-degree criminal sex act and one count of first-degree promoting prison contraband. According to police, Douglas engaged in sexual intercourse and oral sexual intercourse with an adult male inmate at the prison on multiple occasions from December 2007 through October 2008 and brought a weapon into the correctional facility during the summer of 2008. Last week, the laundry supervisor at Gouverneur Correctional Facility was charged with 16 counts of rape, third degree; 16 counts of criminal sex act, 3rd degree; and four counts of promoting prison contraband, 2nd degree for allegedly having sex with four prison inmates since 2006.

Former prison guard guilty of rape, assault: Plea deal accounts for 3 of 11 cases against him
Concord Monitor
Annemarie Timmins
November 19, 2008
UPDATE: Douglas Tower struck a deal with state prosecutors yesterday and pleaded guilty to raping or assaulting three female inmates at a Concord halfway house in 2005. The negotiated settlement spared Tower convictions on eight other alleged victims because those charges were dropped but the deal isn't likely to add time to the 21-year prison sentence Tower is already serving for raping or assaulting two other female inmates. Tower went to trial last year on the first two cases and was convicted of both. Under the negotiated deal, Tower admitted to raping or assaulting three of the remaining eight female inmates. He received several long sentences of 10 to 20 years each, but all were suspended. In exchange, the state dropped the remaining charges involving the eight other women.

Former Inmate Files Rape Suit
The Honolulu Advisor
Advisor Staff
November 18, 2008

A former federal prison inmate who was raped while in custody here has filed suit against the government and her attacker. The inmate was sexually assaulted in the Federal Detention Center by a civilian electrician working at the detention center, who admitted the assault last month and faces as much as 15 years in prison.

California Appeals Court Revives Transgendered Inmate’s Claim Against Prison System
Evan Hill
November 18, 2008

A California state appeal court ruled Friday that prison guards owe their inmates a special duty of care, potentially exposing prison officials to negligence suits if they fail to protect their charges. The ruling revives a suit brought against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by a transgender inmate who said she was violently raped on multiple occasions while being held in Folsom State Prison in early 2006. Folsom staff, including guards and psychologists, repeatedly ignored her pleas for help, Giraldo alleged in court papers. The court found that, "Prisoners are vulnerable. And dependent. Moreover, the relationship between [jailers and prisoners] is protective by nature," wrote Justice James Richman. "This, we conclude, is the epitome of a special relationship, imposing a duty of care on a jailer owed to a prisoner, and we today add California to the list of jurisdictions recognizing a special relationship." The case is Alexis Giraldo v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, 08 C.D.O.S 14061.

Inmate’s Case against Correctional Officer Dismissed
The Frederick News- Post
Kate Leckie
November 14, 2008

Second-degree assault charges against a former Frederick County Adult Detention Center correctional officer were dropped Thursday in District Court. In August, inmate Sherri Schmidt brought the charges against Officer Covell claiming the two had a six-week affair while Covell worked at the jail. Schmidt said Covell became jealous about letters and photographs she mailed to a pen pal. She said that Covell confronted and assaulted her in her cell by picking her up by the collar and kicking her cell door as hard as he could. Covell was fired for having inappropriate contact with an inmate.

Ex-inmates awarded $8.45 million in rape, sexual harassment cases
The Detroit Free Press
November 13, 2008

A Washtenaw County jury has awarded eight former female inmates $8.45 million in damages for rapes and sexual harassment in the 1990s by officers at the Crane Correctional Facility.

Scrap TYC, create joint juvenile justice agency
The Marshall News Messenger
By Mike Ward
November 13, 2008

The Sunset Advisory Commission has issued a report calling for the establishment of a Texas Juvenile Justice Commission led by an eleven member citizen board that would operate and coordinate all state probation and incarceration programs for youth offenders.

FOP rebukes sheriff for comments on deputies
The Pekin Daily Times
By Sharon Woods Harris
November 11, 2008

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge has accused Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston of acting inappropriately by commenting to the Daily Times about a complaint filed with the Sheriff's Office Merit Commission asking for the termination of correctional officers Richard Johnston, Jeffrey Bieber and Justin Piro for allegedly assaulting county justice center inmate Becky Behm. The Illinois State Police are investigating the incident and the officers are currently suspended without pay.

State Investigates Prison Sex Allegations
The Flathead Beacon
By Associated Press
November 8, 2008

Four employees at the Montana State Prison have been placed on paid suspension while the state Department of Corrections investigates allegations that prison staff engaged in sexual activity with inmate Michael A. Murphy. A fifth worker who also was suspended with pay has ceased employment with the department.

Inmate Charged with Attempted Sex Assault
Hartford Currant
Courant Staff Report
November 4, 2008

An inmate at the Corrigan-Radgowski Correctional Institution has been charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual assault after he forced a woman into a room inside the prison, locked the door and attacked her. Robert Dixon was charged Tuesday with attempted first-degree sexual assault, kidnapping, assaulting a public safety person, assault on a victim over 60, third-degree assault and threatening.


Ex-deputy sentenced to conditional discharge
The Buffalo News
October 29, 2008

Former Erie County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Vick has pled guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with his suspected inappropriate contact with a 34 year old female inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Vt. Prison Rapes Rarely Reported
WCAX News 3
By Brian Joyce
October 28, 2008

Chittenden Correctional Center inmates Josh Corrigan, Shawn Tallman, Christopher Blow and David Oleson have been charged with unlawful restraint and attempted sexual assault for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a teenage inmate at the facility.

Former Corrections Officer Reaches Plea Agreement in Sex Crimes Case
WCAV News 19
By Hailey Frances
October 23, 2008

Former Fluvanna County corrections officer Patrick Gee has pled guilty to having consensual sex with two female inmates after recently being convicted on four counts of illegal sexual activity with inmates in separate incidents.

Correctional officer arrested for alleged inmate intimacy
The Register-Herald
By Jackie Ayres
October 21, 2008

Southern Regional Jail correctional officer Stephen Gillespie has been charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female inmate at the facility.

Former Prison Guard Convicted

CBS News 6
October 20, 2008

Former Pocahontas Correctional Unit chief of security Patrick Owen Gee has been convicted by a jury in Fluvanna County on four counts of illegal sexual activity with inmates.

Former prison instructor gets probation in inmate sex case

Omaha World-Herald
By Todd Cooper
October 14, 2008

Former Omaha Correctional Center instructor Gary L. Fowler has been sentenced to two years of probation after pleading guilty to unlawfully relieving an inmate at the facility.

Correctional Officer Accused In Sex-For-Contraband Scheme

WRTV News 6
October 3, 2008

Rockville Correctional Facility officer Roger Heitzman has been charged with official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate for allegedly exchanging tobacco, medication and jewelry for sex with at least one inmate.

Prison guard gets seven years for raping inmate
The Plain Dealer
By Leila Atassi
October 3, 2008

Northeast Pre-Release Center officer Johnny Fortson has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being found guilty of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and three counts of gross sexual imposition for raping an inmate and inappropriately touching two others at the facility.


Inmate says she was raped at DOC facility
Pacific Daily News
By Beau Hodai
September 23, 2008

A female inmate at the Mangilao Adult Detention Facility has reported being sexually assaulted by fellow inmate Kenneth Afaisen, who has been charged with criminal sexual conduct.

Inmate says she was sexually assaulted by officer

The Record
By Cara Bailey
September 18, 2008

Former Anthony Correctional Center inmate Ashley Radford has filed a lawsuit against the West Virginia Division of Corrections claiming she was sexually assaulted by supervising officer Dave Masters while incarcerated at the facility.

Sheriff's deputy charged sexual abuse of female inmate

The Buffalo News
September 16, 2008

Sheriff's deputy Anthony Vick has been charged with second degree sexual abuse for alleged inappropriate contact with a 34-year-old female inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility.

Jailer Indicted on Rape Charge

September 13, 2008

Boyd County Detention Center officer Charles Howard has been charged with first degree Rape for the alleged sexual assault of a female inmate he was transporting.

Former Dale County jailer now sex offender

Dothan Eagle
By Ebony Horton
September 11, 2008

Former Dale County Jail officer Stanley Hamilton has been sentenced to two years of probation as will be required to register as a sex offender after pleaded guilty to custodial sexual abuse for having sexual relationships with at least two inmates at the facility.

Maricopa detention officer booked on sex assault charges

KNXV News 15
September 10, 2008

Maricopa County detention officer Clayton Darnell Buycks has been charged with sexual abuse and kidnapping for allegedly fondling a female inmate in a courthouse elevator while she was being transported.

Guards at women's prison accused of relationships with inmates

Knoxville News Sentinel
By Jim Balloch
September 8, 2008

Six officers at the Tennessee Prison for Women are under a departmental internal investigation for alleged inappropriate relationships with current and former inmates, bringing tobacco products into the facility and staff misconduct.


Former inmate says officer had sex with her
The West Virginia Record
By Cara Bailey
August 21, 2008

Former West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility inmate Tammy Rucker has filed a lawsuit against officer Kevin R. Kessell for allegedly forcing her to engage in sexual acts with him before giving her contraband to keep her quiet and the jail authority for failing to supervise correctional officers while on duty, failing to have uniform standards regarding the proper treatment of incarcerated citizens, and failing to have standards regarding the use of physical violence, sexual contact, harassment and intimidation of the incarcerated citizens under their control.

Ex-deputy gets prison term for molesting inmates

The Detroit News
By Valerie Olander
August 21, 2008

Former Livingston County Sheriff’s deputy Randy Boos has been sentenced to 43 months to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually molesting three female inmates while transporting them from the county jail to the justice center.

Former jail officer faces felony charge stemming from relationship with inmate

Gazette Xtra
By Ted Sullivan
August 20, 2008

Former Walworth County correctional officer Ellen L. Madl has been charged with delivery of illegal articles to an inmate for allegedly giving a greeting card to an inmate at the facility that she is alleged to have a relationship with.

Inmate had sex with supervisor during work release, officials say

The Providence Journal
By Tom Mooney
August 14, 2008

According to Rhode Island Department of Corrections Director A. T. Wall, work release inmate Jessica Gonzalez was not disciplined for an alleged sexual relationship with her supervisor due to the standard correctional practice of placing full responsibility on the figure of authority.

Defendants blame co-defendants in jail rape of teen

WZTV FOX News 17
By Associated Press
August 14, 2008

Former Grant County Jail officers Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman have testified in a federal civil rights trial against them for allegedly allowing a teenage inmate at the facility to be raped.

Depcor inmate arrested for sexual assault

By Sabrina Salas Matanane
August 11, 2008

Guam Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Unit inmate Kenneth Afaisen has been charged on three counts each of criminal sexual conduct, assault and terrorizing for allegedly se xually assaulting a female inmate.

Former Floyd corrections officer accused of having sex with inmate
The News & Tribune
August 7, 2008

Former Floyd County Sheriff’s Department correctional officer Michelle A. Hurst has been charged with two counts of trafficking with an inmate and one count of sexual misconduct for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate and bringing pain medication into the county Jail.

Woman-on-Woman Rape Claim at Rikers

The Village Voice
By Graham Rayman
August 5, 2008

A female inmate at the Rikers Island Jail claimed that someone entered her cell while she was asleep and used an object to sexually assault her after an officer found her bound and gagged with bedsheets.

Former Walworth County jail inmate claims he was sexually assaulted by officer

The Janesville Gazette
By Ted Sullivan
August 5, 2008

Former Walworth County Jail inmate Jonathan S. Reeves has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing former correctional officer David W. Bickford of sexually assaulting him twice in 2002. Reeves claims jail officials were aware of Bickford’s sexual assaults against inmates dating back to 1991, but failed to intervene.

Ex-parole officer sentenced to 5 years

The Times-Picayune
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
August 5, 2008

Former Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections probation and parole officer Shannon Stewart has pled guilty to four counts of malfeasance in office for sexually abusing three women who were under his supervision.


Correctional officer fired after sexual contact with inmate
The Janesville Gazette
By Mike Dupre
July 30, 2008

Rock County probationary correctional officer John K. Housinga has been fired after an internal investigation showed the officer allegedly had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate. Criminal charges have not yet been filed against the officer.

Inmate booked with rape attempt

The Times-Picayune
By Jeff Adelson
July 29, 2008

Slidell City Jail inmate Eric D. Poiroux has been charged with attempted simple rape and simple battery for allegedly assaulting and attempting to rape his cellmate.

Officer jailed for allegedly trading cigarettes for sex

The Southern
By Becky Malkovich
July 24, 2008

Franklin County correctional officer Scott E. McMurray has been charged with three counts of custodian sexual misconduct for allegedly trading cigarettes for sexual favors from female inmates.

Maine prison guard charged with sex with inmate

The Boston Globe
By Associated Press
July 11, 2008

Maine Correctional Center officer Glen Works has been charged with rape and failure to report a sexual assault for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Correctional Officer accused of sexual assault

The Lusk Herald
By Kim O’Brien
July 9, 2008

Former Wyoming Women’s Center correctional officer Andrew Ravelo has been charged with sexual assault in the second degree by infliction of sexual intrusion on a victim and taking contraband into a penal institution or correctional facility for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate and bringing compact discs or other items into the facility.

Ex-Victoria sheriff admits to perjury in sex-abuse case

The Houston Chronicle
By Associated Press
July 4, 2008

Former Victoria County Sheriff Michael L. Ratcliff has pled guilty to aggravated perjury, admitting he lied to a grand jury about having sex with an inmate who accused him of sexual assault.

Sheriff vows to “prevent, detect and reduce” inmate sex abuse

The Columbian
By Stephanie Rice
July 2, 2008

Clark County Sheriff Garry Lucas has vowed to prevent, detect and reduce incidents of sexual abuse against inmates at the county jail following a U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics report that ranks the facility as having the second highest rate of sexual abuse in the country.


Prison assault latest involving illicit sex
KTEN News 10
By Associated Press
June 30, 2008

Former Oklahoma Department of Corrections secretary Joi Ilene Starr has been charged with first degree rape for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

Correctional officer admits 2 counts

Daily Press
By Associated Press
June 23, 2008

Former Petersburg Federal Correctional Center officer Teresa Mendoza has pled guilty to carnal knowledge with an inmate and bribery of a public official for having a sexual relationship with an inmate and accepting money and gifts from an inmate in exchange for contraband such as cell phones, cigarettes and alcohol.

Prison officer accused of having sex with inmate

The Chicago Tribune
By Associated Press
June 18, 2008

A Columbia Correctional Institution officer has been accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate and giving him snacks and magazines and will likely be charged with multiple felony counts of second degree sexual assault of an inmate, delivery of articles to inmates and misconduct in public office.

Prison guard arrested in alleged sex with inmate

The Capital Times
By Doug Shore
June 16, 2008

Columbia Correctional Institution officer Christine Killoran-Pulver has been charged with multiple felonies, including sexual assault and delivery of articles to an inmate for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate at the facility.

Corrections officer indicted on charges of rape, sexual battery
The Plain Dealer
By Sarena McRae
June 13, 2008

Former Women's Northeast Pre-Release Center corrections officer Johnny Fortson has been charged with rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition for the alleged sexual abuse of six inmates at the facility.

Ohio Corrections Officer Admits to Sex With Inmates
June 11, 2008

A Lake County correctional officer has resigned after admitting to having consensual sex with three female inmates at the county jail in Painesville. The inmates have declined to press charges but the officer may face felony charges by the state for misconduct pending an internal investigation.

Jail Guard Admits To Having Sex With Several Inmates

News Net 5
June 10, 2008

A Lake County corrections officer has resigned after an internal investigation reveled allegations that he was having sexual encounters with several female inmates at the county jail.

Sex with corrections officers
WHAS News 11
By Mark Hebert
June 10, 2008

Pewee Valley women’s prison officers Sergeant Robert Tingle and Captain Andrew Kerrick have been fired for their alleged sexual assault of inmate Alisha Brewer. No criminal charges have been filed against either of the two officers.

Men from Sharon halfway house accused of sexual assaults

The Herald
By Tom Davidson
June 1, 2008

Sharon halfway house Community Corrections Center resident John Aaron Morris has been charged with indecent assault and open lewdness after allegedly making unwanted advances toward a woman on a bench at Bicentennial Park. Fellow resident Bryce Dale Southwick has been charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault for allegedly forcing a 15 year girl to perform oral sex on him.


Sheriff's deputies charge woman with having sexual relations with person in custody
El Paso Times
May 29, 2008

Counselor Zina Wagner has been charged with violation of civil rights of a person in custody for allegedly having sexual relations with an inmate while employed at the West Texas Community Corrections Department Community Intervention Center.

Bullitt County deputy suspended after sex abuse allegation

WAVE News 3
May 27, 2008

Bullitt County sheriff's deputy Joe Rogers has been suspended without pay and is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct with a female inmate of the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center.

Former prison guard given jail sentence for sex with inmate

Mercury News
By Associated Press
May 24, 2008

Former Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility officer Mark Susoeff has been sentenced to120 days in jail followed by three years of probation for having oral sex with a female inmate at the facility.

Changes at Monroe County Correctional Facility

WNEP News 16
By Trish Hartman
May 16, 2008

Monroe County Correctional Facility has improved new inmate orientation, hired new staff and the county prison board will undergo intensive leadership training in an effort to address sexual abuse at the facility after several staff members faced charges for having sexual contact with inmates in 2006.

County to help guard accused of assault

Fond Du Lac Repoter
By Amie Jo Schaenzer
May 9, 2008

Fond du Lac County has loaned Taycheedah Correctional Institution officer Jimmie L. Brown money to hire an attorney to represent him after being charged with thirteen counts of second degree sexual assault by correctional staff for allegedly having sexual contact with inmates at the facility.

Ex-prison guard said to consider abuse plea deal
The Concord Monitor
By Annmarie Timmins
May 4, 2008

Former Shea Farm halfway house officer Douglas Tower has informed prosecutors that he will consider a plea agreement on eleven remaining charges against him for allegedly sexually assaulting thirteen female inmates under his supervision.

Ex-prison official indicted in sex case
Richmond Times-Dispatch
By Frank Green
May 2, 2008

Former Pocahontas Correctional Unit chief of security Patrick Owen Gee has been charged with 30 counts of having carnal knowledge of inmates for allegedly having sexual relationships with three inmates at the facility.


Ex-Court Supervisor Accused Of Sleeping With Inmates
News Channel 5
April 29, 2008

Davidson County Drug Court supervisor Shannon Turner has been fired for allegedly having sex with at least three female inmates at the county residential drug treatment facility.

Former Deputy Seeks New Sentence After Sex Abuse Plea
WTOV News 9
By Natalie Pasquarella
April 28, 2008

Former Hancock County deputy Mark Smith is requesting a new sentence of home confinement at a reconsideration hearing after being sentenced in a plea agreement to one year in jail and 10 years of sex offender registration for pleading no contest to second degree sexual abuse.

Former youth inmates face charges
Casper Star-Tribune
By Joshua Wolfson
April 25, 2008

Two former Casper Regional Juvenile Detention Center inmates have been charged are being prosecuted in connection with sexual assault allegations by other youth at the facility. Their identities and the specific charges have not been released due to the ongoing investigation.

$10M Settlement In Prison Sex Abuse Case
CBS News
By Associated Press
April 19, 2008

Nine former Pocahontas Correctional Unit inmates have reached a tentative settlement with the Virginia Department of Corrections for $10 million dollars for alleged sexual abuse that occurred at the facility.

Correction Officer Indicted for Sex Abuse
FOX News 8
April 18, 2008

Former Cuyahoga Hills Juvenile Correctional Facility officer Joanee Graham has been charged with two counts of sexual battery for allegedly performing oral sex on a male in custody.

Ex-Officer Sentenced For Misconduct With Juvenile Inmate
WRTV News 6
April 15, 2008

Former Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility officer Octavious Tyler has been sentenced to six months in a community corrections program after pleading guilty to two felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor for engaging in sexual activity with a female at the facility.

Marion County juvenile center to be monitored for 3 years
WSBT News 2
By Associated Press
April 14, 2008

County officials have agreed to monitor the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center for three years, provide status reports on security, health and safety and education and allow U.S. Department of Justice officials access to the facility, its records, staff and inmates following a probe into reports of sexual abuse of youth at the facility.

Former Roland Official Charged With Rape Of Inmate
April 14, 2008

Former Roland Oklahoma town manager Charles E. Day has been charged with multiple counts of rape for allegedly having sex with a female inmate at the town jail.

Ex-guard faces sodomy, rape charges
Muskogee Phoenix
By Liz McMahan
April 14, 2008

Former Eddie Warrior Correctional Center officer Dean Craig Jimison has been charged with three counts of sodomy and three counts of rape for the alleged sexual abuse of an inmate at the facility.

Federal lawsuit alleges sexual misconduct in Monroe County jail
LaCrosse Tribune
By Kevin Murphy
April 9, 2008

Former Monroe County jail night shift supervisor Lt. David Schaldach, Sheriff Charles Amundson and Undersheriff John Cram have been named in a federal law suit alleging that Schaldach had oral sex repeatedly performed on him by a female inmate who a jail nurse had recommended be placed on suicide watch.

Former juvenile detention guard gets probation in sexual abuse case
Belleville News-Democrat
By Beth Hundsdorfer
April 8, 2008

Former St. Clair County Juvenile Detention officer Thomas O'Donnell has been sentenced to 48 months of probation after pleading guilty to official misconduct, custodial sexual conduct and two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse for molesting a youth at the facility.

Correctional officer accused of having sex with juvenile offenders
WSBT News 2
By Jeff Parrott
April 7, 2008

An Indianapolis Juvenile Correctional Facility officer has been suspended after two female youth aged 15 and 18 reported having sexual contact with the officer.

Sex abuse, violence alleged at teen jails across U.S.
By Ashley Fantz
April 4, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed lawsuits against nine states and two territories alleging sexual abuse in juvenile detention facilities in an effort to protect the civil rights of youth.

Three halfway houses riddled with problems

KUSA News 9
By Adam Chodak
April 3, 2008

Colorado has terminated it’s contract with Avalon Correctional Services after an audit has revealed halfway houses run by the company are struggling with issues such as untrained employees and poor living conditions as well as inappropriate sexual relationships between staff and offenders.

Former corrections officer accused of sexual misconduct with inmate

Spartanburg Herald-Journal
April 3, 2008

Former Tyger River Correctional Institution officer Lori Clawson Johnston has been charged with two counts of second degree sexual misconduct with an inmate at the facility.


Sex assaults spawn changes in prisoner transport rules
Union Leader
By Gary Rayno
March 30, 2008

The New Hampshire Department of Corrections will add windows to doors in rooms where staff and inmates meet alone and additional surveillance cameras at the Shea Farm halfway house as well as require that all inmates be transported by an officer of the same gender as a result of a recent sexual assault lawsuit at the faciltiy.

The reality of prison rape remains difficult to research
The Houston Chronicle
By Dane Schiller
March 28, 2008

The U.S. Department of Justice questioned wardens, guards and other prison officials over results of an inmate survey that show Texas has the nation's highest rate of sexual assaults in it’s correctional facilities during a recent hearing.

N.H. settles prison guard lawsuits for $1.85 million

WCAX News 3
By Associated Press
March 28, 2008

New Hampshire has agreed to pay $1.85 million to 30 female inmates and a state Department of Corrections employee who accused former Concord halfway house officer Douglas Tower of sexually assaulting or harassing them.

Texas leads U.S. in rates of prison rape, survey finds
Marshall News Messenger
By Mike Ward
March 28, 2008

According to a recent Bureau of Justice Statistics survey, Texas has the highest reported rates of sexual assault within correctional settings with 15.7 percent of all offenders in custody reporting that they had experienced some form of sexual abuse.

PdC Corrections Officer Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmates
WKBT News 8
March 27, 2008

Prairie du Chien Correctional Institute officer James Trentin has been charged with 22 felony counts of sexual assault and six counts of delivering articles to inmates for allegedly providing chewing tobacco, candy bars, cologne and other items to inmates in exchange for sexual favors.

Former correctional officer arrested for sexual contact with inmate

Charleston Daily Mail
By Zach Pettit
March 24, 2008

Former South Central Regional Jail officer Kevin R. Kessell has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with a female inmate while he was employed at the facility.

Guard accused of sex with inmates

The Pueblo Chieftain
By Nick Bonham
March 20, 2008

La Vista Correctional Facility officer Kenneth Michael Martinez has been charged with sexual misconduct in a penal institution for allegedly having sexual relations with two female inmates at the facility.

Former TYC Officer Indicted on Charge of Having Sex With Teen at Al Price Unit
KFDM News 6
By Scott Lawrence
March 20, 2008

Former Al Price Juvenile Correctional Facility officer Janice Marie Simpson has been charged with violating the civil rights of an 18 year old in custody at the facility for allegedly having a sexual relationship with the teenager.

Corrections Worker Charged with Rape

March 19, 2008

Topeka women's correctional facility officer Anastacio Gallardo has been charged with unlawful sexual relations and two counts of traffic in contraband in a correctional institution.

Jailer, Barnes County cleared in suit

The Bismarck Tribune
By Associated Press
March 16, 2008

A jury has concluded that sexual acts between jail officer Kevin Schudar and an inmate were consensual and that Barnes County was not negligent for Schudar's actions.

2nd former inmate alleges misconduct by Dwight prison officials, files suit

The Chicago Tribune
By Michael Higgins
March 12, 2008

Former Dwight Correctional Center inmate Shawntay Wright has filed a lawsuit alleging prison officials failed to investigate sexual misconduct by male guards.

Anchorage jail inmate files rape charges

Anchorage Daily News
By Meg Holland
March 7, 2008

Anchorage jail complex inmate Elmer Seetot has been charged with 23 counts of rape for the alleged sexual assault of his cellmate, Berry Jack.

Rappahannock Correctional Officer Arrested

ABC News 7
March 6, 2008

Rappahannock Regional Jail officer Richard Zacofsky has been charged with one count of carnal knowledge of an inmate and one count of sodomy by force, threat or intimidation for his alleged sexual abuse of a female inmate at the facility.

Former inmate accuses guards of raping her

Chicago Tribune
By Kristen Kridel
March 4, 2008

A former Dwight Correctional Center inmate has filed a lawsuit against several facility employees alleging that a group of correctional officers sexually assaulted her at least 29 times over several months. She claims that the incidents were reported more than 20 times to the facilities internal affairs unit and that she sent three emergency grievances to the warden but never received a response. Since her release, she has given birth to a child conceived during her stay at the facility and will undergo DNA testing to identify which of the accused officers is the father.

Former corrections officer pleads no contest to sexual abuse of inmate

The Grand Island Independent
By Mark Coddington
March 4, 2008

Former Hall County correctional officer Jason Keller has pled no contest to sexual abuse of an inmate for having sexual contact with a female inmate at the county jail. The inmate has denied that Keller used force, coercion or threats. Keller remains free on bond until his scheduled sentencing date pending his cooperation with a pre-sentence investigation.


Former corrections officer arrested on sex charges
Sioux City Journal
By Dolly A. Butz
February 25, 2008

Former Woodbury County Jail officer Joshua Brunsting has been charged with third degree sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of a minor for allegedly having sexual relationships with two high school students aged twelve and fourteen.

Former inmate's claim of abuse goes to trial

Rapid City Journal
By Heidi Bell GeaseFebruary 20, 2008

Pennington County Jail officer Jermaine Leonard has been accused of raping inmate Mindy Kahle in her cell at the facility according to a civil lawsuit filed on behalf on Kahle. Sheriff's Deputy Tim Malone has also been named in the suit for failing to protect Kahle while Leonard was under his supervision.

State report critical of halfway house

KUSA News 9
February 7, 2008

A report resulting from an investigation conducted by the Colorado Department of Public Safety has been released detailing a series of problems at The Villa halfway house ranging from untrained staff to case managers having sexual relationships with offenders.

Danbury federal prison guard accused of having sexual relations with inmate

By Associated Press
February 1, 2008

Federal Correctional Institution officer Michael Rudkin has been charged with sexual abuse of a ward for allegedly engaging in a sex act with a female inmate at the facility.

Jury awards $15.5 million to female inmates alleging sexual abuse
Michigan Live
By David Eggert
February 1, 2008

A jury has unanimously awarded $15.5 million dollars to 10 female inmates at the Robert Scott Correctional Facility in a class action lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections for failure to prevent sexual abuse by male officers.


Lawsuit alleges women abused by prison guards
Muskegon Chronicle
January 31, 2008

A group of current and former female inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Michigan Department of Corrections for allegedly suffering sexual abuse, assaults, extortion and harassment by male corrections officers in state prisons and camps.

Ex-prison guard headed to prison

The Ann Arbor News
By Susan L. Oppat
January 30, 2008

Former Huron Valley Women's Prison correctional officer Jody Nunn has been sentenced to 43 months to 15 years in prison after being convicted of two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct for sexually assaulting a female inmate in 2005.

Bill would create DOC grievance program

The Olympian
By Adam Wilson
January 28, 2008

Washington lawmakers are pushing to create an independent agency to investigate complaints about the Department of Corrections with Senate Bill 5295.

Lifting limits on sexual abuse lawsuits

By Andrew Beckett
January 17, 2008

Wisconsin lawmakers are considering lifting the statute of limitations for filing lawsuits in sexual abuse cases.

Teens can sue San Mateo County for sexual abuse at group home

San Mateo County Times
By Michael Manekin
January 15, 2008

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Marie Weiner has granted a motion to relieve youth that have filed a lawsuit against the county from a requirement that they file a claim against the county within six months of the alleged abuse. The youth have accused the county of failing to protect them from a sexual predator employed at a group home administered by Project 90.

Ex-jailer charged with sexual abuse

Tomah Monitor Herald
By Anne Jungen
January 13, 2008

Former Monroe County sheriff’s deputy Lt. David Schaldach has been charged with abuse of a resident of a penal facility for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a female inmate under psychiatric care.

Accused Richland County jailer could take the stand in sex abuse case
The News Journal
By Mark Caudill
January 10, 2008

Former Richland County Jail officer James Campain is scheduled to take the stand in defense of charges of against him for allegedly sexually abusing multiple female inmates at the facility.

Former prison officer gets jail in sex case
The Republican
By Buffy Spencer
January 3, 2008

Former Hampden County Correctional Center officer Stanford Norman has been given a sentence of two to three years in prison after being convicted of having sex with a female inmate at the facility. Officer Brian K. Murphy was sentenced to two years of probation for assisting Norman.

Judge dismisses sex abuse lawsuit by women inmates at Albion
The Buffalo News
By Dan Herbeck
January 2, 2008

A federal judge has dismissed a class action lawsuit filed by female inmates at the Albion Correctional Facility that accused the state of New York of not doing enough to prevent officers from sexually abusing inmates within state facilities.

State settles former inmate's sex abuse lawsuit
Star Tribune
By Ben Neary
January 1, 2008

The state of Wyoming has agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a former Rawlins state penitentiary inmate who claimed he was beaten and sexually assaulted by another inmate at the facility.




December 2009

Former Craggy Correctional Center Worker Faces Sex Charges: Relations with Inmate Alleged
The Citizen-Times
Clarke Morrison
December 16, 2009
A former counselor at Craggy Correctional Center faces charges of having sex with an inmate serving a life sentence for murder. Tina Lynn Devore was charged with three counts of sexual activity by a custodian. The indictments allege that Devore had sexual intercourse with inmate David Lee Williams. Devore worked as a substance abuse counselor for the N.C. Department of Corrections.

N.M Officer Impregnated by Inmate Charged with Rape
The Albuquerque Journal
Rozanna M. Martinez
December 22, 2009

A corrections officer who might have become pregnant by a jail inmate has been indicted for allegedly having sex with the man who was under her authority. Reyna Lujan is charged with three counts of criminal sexual penetration. Jail staff pulled hundreds of phone call recordings from the jail to Lujan's cell phone number based on a tip from another inmate that she and an inmate had a relationship. The two could be heard discussing their relationship, sexual activity and the inmate being the father of Lujan's child.

Prison Nurse Charged with Having Sex with Inmate
Sheboygan Press
Erik Litke
December 8, 2009
A prison nurse was charged Monday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with an inmate Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in western Sheboygan County. The relationship included six instances of sexual contact in an exam room and was found out after the nurse, Laurie A. Blum called the inmate's cellblock to say good night. Blum is charged with second-degree sexual assault by correctional staff, a felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

6 more inmate sex abuse suits filed in Ore.
The Democrat Herald 
December 7, 2009

Six more current or former inmates at Oregon's prison for women have sued the state, claiming they were sexually abused and harassed by male prison employees. The latest lawsuits, which were filed late last week, bring the total number to 11 cases alleging sexual abuse at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Among the allegations in the new suits is that a corrections officer forced inmates to perform sex acts and demanded sex in exchange for letting women out of their cells or letting them off the hook for violating rules. The latest suits name three prison employees, including a corrections officer sentenced this summer to three years of probation for having sex with an inmate and a maintenance worker who resigned after he was arrested on charges of sexual misconduct. The third employee, an officer, remains at work at the prison that houses about 1,100 inmates. In 2004, the state paid $350,000 to settle a sexual abuse case. In 2005, the state Legislature made it a felony for prison employees to have intercourse with inmates. Other sexual contact is a misdemeanor. Two former maintenance workers were sentenced on sex abuse convictions this summer.


Idaho inmate convicted of raping cellmate
KBCI 2 News
November 24, 2009

Idaho Department of Correction Officials said Tuesday that an inmate has been convicted of raping another inmate inside the prison. Prison officials say on Nov. 17, an Ada County jury found Cody Vealton Thompson guilty of rape and attempting to intimidate a witness. They say it's the first time in the history of the state's 120-year-old correctional system that an inmate has been found guilty of rape. Thompson, who will be sentenced Dec. 22, raped his cellmate Sept. 15, 2008 at the Idaho Maximum Security Institution, according to officials.

Correctional officer gets 40 days in inmate-sex case
Richmond Times Dispatch
Frank Green
November 24, 2009

A federal correctional officer who admitted that she took an inmate from a prison camp to area motels for sex two years ago was sentenced yesterday to 40 days in jail. Shearico White, a senior federal correctional officer assigned to the Federal Correctional Camp Petersburg, pleaded guilty in August to aiding and abetting the escape of inmate Derick Favonta Askew.  In a statement of facts signed by White, she concedes that on several occasions in 2007, she got Askew out of the prison camp and took him to local motels for sex.

Former prison guard sentenced in rape case
News West 9
The Associated Press
November 21, 2009

A former corrections officer has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for raping four female inmates at a private prison in Albuquerque. Anthony Townes pled guilty to four counts of rape and false imprisonment. The rapes occurred between January and August 2007 at the Camino Nuevo Correctional Center. 

Prisoners Allege Sexual Abuse
North Carolina News and Observer
Mandy Locke
November 20, 2009

Four female inmates have filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing North Carolina prison officials of subjecting female prisoners to extensive sexual violence and harassment amounting to cruel and unusual punishment. The lawsuit claims that the women were raped, groped, threatened and sexually humiliated. The claim comes on the heels of at least seven separate sexual assaults on female inmates for which the state has offered payouts to avoid legal action. The lawsuit targets top administrators at the state Department of Correction and seven former and current staff members accused of assaulting and harassing the prisoners or protecting employees who did. 

Female inmate alleges sex misconduct
Suevon Lee
November 18, 2009

An inmate at Lowell Correctional Facility has filed a federal lawsuit against state prison officials for alleged sexual misconduct she faced at the hands of a former male corrections officer at the all-female prison in Ocala. The lawsuit, filed in Florida’s Middle District, names the Florida Department of Corrections, Florida Office of Inspector General and the prison’s warden among those who allegedly failed to provide meaningful and effective policy and procedures for inmates to report abusive behavior. The plaintiff, a 27-year-old woman, claims she was subject to multiple instances of sexual assault by former corrections officer Troy Saunders while she was incarcerated at Lowell in December 2005 and again in June 2007.

NV prison guard firing for inmate romance upheld
Las Vegas Sun
The Associated Press
November 14, 2009

A hearing officer has upheld the firing of a Nevada correctional officer for having a "romantic relationship" with an inmate. Hearing officer upheld the Department of Correction's decision to fire Amelia Jimenez because the weight of the evidence supports the conclusion that she had "an improper relationship" with inmate Jesse Le Blanc. Le Blanc admitted the relationship, but said it was romantic and not sexual in nature.

Fresno County Jail Officer Accused of Sexual Abuse
The Fresno Bee 
November 11, 2009
A correctional officer at Fresno County Jail has been put on administrative leave while officials investigate allegations that the officer sexually abused an inmate. The officer was identified as Maria Veronica Quintanilla. Quintanilla is on paid administrative leave pending the results of a criminal and administrative investigation. An attorney for inmate Richard Burrell contacted the Sheriff's Office on Monday and reported the allegations.


Transgender teen says she was constantly abused in agency's custody
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Sam Wood 
October 31, 2009
A transgender teenager who identifies as a girl said she was subject to constant abuse and discrimination during 18 months in the custody of the Department of Human Services. At the Youth Study Center, the 16-year-old teen was placed in the boys' unit, where she said she was harassed by staff and residents despite a judge's order that she be addressed by her preferred female name and female pronouns. A complaint filed on the teen’s behalf contends she was physically attacked by other residents and orally abused by staff every day for almost a year and a half. The complaint contends she was subject to unlawful gender identity discrimination, sex discrimination and disability discrimination.

Reporters prison access scrutinized
Topeka Capital-Journal 
James Carlson
October 29, 2009
The Kansas Department of Corrections is pursuing disciplinary action against an area lawyer who helped a reporter chronicle illegal sexual relationships at the state's prison for women in Topeka. In an ethics complaint filed with the Office of Disciplinary Administrator, Charles Simmons, deputy secretary of corrections, says attorney Keen Umbehr misrepresented the occupation of Topeka Capital-Journal reporter Tim Carpenter when the two entered the Topeka Correctional Facility in August to interview two inmates.

Ex-guard guilty of youth sex assault
Reporter News
Celinda Emison
October 29, 2009

A former guard at the Texas Youth Commission’s Ron Jackson Juvenile Justice Center in Brownwood was found guilty of three counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of sexual assault.

Two Jailers Arrested For Alleged Rape of Inmate
News Channel 8 Oklahoma
October 29, 2009
Two jailers at the Logan County jail have been arrested on charges of raping a female inmate in her cell. Rahmel Jefferies and Alexander Mendez each face two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy.  Court documents say both have admitted going into the woman's cell on Oct. 9 and having sex with her.

Ex-detective arrested for sexual battery on inmate
WPTV-5 Florida
Carolyn Scofield
October 22, 2009

Former Detective Sergeant Tommie Joe Brock is facing criminal charges for checking a female inmate out of the jail in early June, walking her over, in handcuffs and leg shackles, to detectives' offices and forcing her to have sex. Brock reportedly checked the inmate out again on July 2nd and ordered her to perform oral sex.

Monroe County settles jail lawsuit for $750,000
The Lacrosse Tribune
Kevin Murphy 
October 14, 2009

Monroe County has agreed to pay $750,000 to a woman who accused a jailer of sexual abuse in 2002, according to her attorney. The settlement Monday is the third in recent years involving inmates with mental health conditions who claimed they were abused or neglected while in the Monroe County Jail. The woman had been diagnosed with a bipolar disorder before she was jailed in 2002 awaiting trial on a charge of felony battery to a police officer. While in jail, former night shift supervisor Lt. David Schaldach repeatedly had her perform a sex act on him, according to the suit. Schaldach was allowed to retire but later pleaded no contest to misconduct in public office in the Tomah woman's case. He was sentenced in July 2008 to 1½ years in prison.

Private Prison Pays $1.3 Million to Settle Sexual Harassment, Retaliation Claims
KKTV- Southern Colorado
October 13, 2009

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Tuesday announced a settlement for 21 women who claimed to have been discriminated against and sexually abused while working for Dominion Correctional Services, LLC and Corrections Corporation of America, both doing business as Crowley County Correctional Facility. According to the plaintiffs claims, the harassment and retaliation sometimes took the form of rape. In the settlement, the company did not admit liability. Two chiefs of security, who reported directly to the warden and to whom all security personnel at the prison reported, were allowed to resign after numerous complaints of sexual harassment and rape.

Lawsuits allege sex abuse at women's prison: Former Coffee Creek employees are accused of sexual misconduct
The Statesman Journal
Alan Gustafson
October 11, 2009
Sexual misconduct cases are piling up at Oregon's prison for women, leading critics to accuse the state of failing to protect female inmates from predatory prison workers. Three former prison employees have been convicted this year of sexually abusing inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville. Another former Coffee Creek employee, accused of sexual misconduct, is scheduled to stand trial in December. Yet another employee has been placed on leave pending the outcome of a state police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct. Five women have filed lawsuits against the Department of Corrections and the state, accusing past and current Coffee Creek employees of sexual assault and battery, and faulting the prison system for lax supervision. Collectively, the civil suits seek tens of millions of dollars in damages.

Oklahoma agency investigates inmate assault claims at the Governor's Mansion
The Oklahoman 
Ann Kelley 
October 9, 2009

The state Corrections Department is investigating claims that three female inmates working at the Governor’s Mansion were sexually assaulted on the grounds by two state employees. According to records from the state Department of Central Services, Russell Humphries, an executive chef assigned to the mansion, and Anthony Bobelu, a groundskeeper supervisor at the mansion, were fired Sept. 29 for breach of departmental policy. 

Jail allowed sex, lawsuit alleges
Dick Hammerstrom
October 8, 2009

A former woman inmate at the Rappahannock Regional Jail has filed a federal lawsuit against jail officials, alleging they permitted male correctional officers to abuse and have sexual relations with women prisoners. A former jail corrections officer, Richard Walter Zacofsky, has already been convicted of a felony count of carnal knowledge of an inmate for having sex with the woman. The lawsuit alleges that the jail authority operated “an institution which has as a matter of custom and usage tolerated sexual abuse of female inmates by male correctional personnel.” The suit named 22 staff members of the jail staff as defendants and said they were “indifferent to and recklessly disregarded” the woman’s sexual victimization.

Victim sues Otter Creek prison owner
Lexington Herald-Leader
Beth Musgrave
October 8, 2009

A Hawaii woman who was sexually assaulted while an inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright is suing Corrections Corp. of America and Hawaii state officials. In a lawsuit filed Monday in state court in Hawaii, the woman says the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corp. knew there were allegations of sexual abuse at the Kentucky facility but took no action to prevent future incidents.

Jail inmate sues Multnomah County over alleged sexual abuse
The Oregonian
Aimee Green
October 06, 2009
A former inmate is suing Multnomah County and a former jail counselor for $600,000, claiming she'd been sexually abused by the counselor and then retaliated against by at least one deputy for reporting the abuse. Dennis Bruce Allen pled guilty in January to official misconduct and no contest to attempted custodial sexual misconduct. He resigned as a result of the investigation, and was sentenced to one day of jail, community service and probation. The lawsuit claims that Allen infringed on the woman's Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The woman reported Allen's misconduct in June 2008, but afterward the suit claims that she suffered retaliation from jail staff.

Kansas Lawmaker Calls for Prison Investigation 
KAKE ABC 10 News 
Deb Farris
October 5, 2009
UPDATE: Senator Jean Schodorf from Wichita wants a complete investigation into the Kansas prison system. "I want to introduce a bill to make sex with an inmate a higher level crime. It's unacceptable," said Schodorf.  A study of every prison in the country shows in 2007 there were more than 60,000 reports of sexual abuse by prison workers. The Kansas Department of Corrections says it is doing everything it can to prevent any abuse.

Tryst, abortion, probation: After sex with Topeka prison employee, inmate decides to terminate pregnancy
The Topeka Capital Journal 
Tim Carpenter
October 4, 2009
UPDATE: Topeka Correctional Facility inmate Tracy Keith was tormented by repercussions of becoming pregnant while incarcerated at the state prison for women. Court records and interviews with prison guards, inmates and officials reveal TCF vocational teacher Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo struck a cash-for-oral-sex bargain with Keith, but demanded intercourse in the midst of that 2007 tryst inside a storage building at the east Topeka prison. Gallardo viewed the pregnancy as a business deal gone sideways. Keith saw it as rape. 

Ex Alabama Judge Accused of Sexually Abusing Inmates
2 CBS News Chicago
October 4, 2009
Herman Thomas, a respected circuit judge, had his career collapse under allegations that he brought inmates to his office and spanked them with a paddle. An indictment accused him of sexually abusing male inmates in exchange for leniency. A trial on charges of sodomy, kidnapping, sex abuse, extortion, assault and ethics violations is set to start Monday. Prosecutors say they have 15 current and former male inmates lined up to testify in a trial that could take several weeks. 

Women's prison: Sex trade
The Topeka Capital Journal
Time Carpenter
October 3, 2009

Vocational plumbing instructor Anastacio "Ted" Gallardo's clandestine meeting with an inmate in a dusty storage building at the state women's prison in east Topeka was to be a simple exchange of cash for sex. Instead, the encounter indirectly pulled back the cover of a complex black market at the Topeka Correctional Facility catering to inmates' demand for contraband -- tobacco, pharmaceuticals, illegal drugs -- and the willingness of prison employees to engage in trafficking to gratify financial or carnal appetites.

Escaped Juvenile Had Sex with Counselor
ABC-2 News
Dave Clark 
October 1, 2009

Police have captured a youth who escaped Monday night from a privately run juvenile facility in Baltimore County with the aid of a female counselor. The counselor has been charged with harboring and child sexual abuse. State police say the counselor and the youth had sex after the escape. The youth escaped from the Chesapeake Treatment Center on the campus of the former Charles H. Hickey School.


DC Jail sergeant accused of paying pimp for sex with inmate
The Examiner
Scott McCabe
September 28, 2009

A D.C. Jail sergeant has been suspended while corrections officials probe allegations that he had sex with an inmate after paying for it through her pimp. Jessica Rubio was an inmate at the Correctional Treatment Facility and charged in her lawsuit that she had sex with correctional counselor Sgt. Aundra Powell after he paid $50 to her "Sugar Daddy" on four occasions. The Correctional Treatment Facility is managed by the Corrections Corp. of America.

Isle Inmates Plight Spurs Tighter Security: Male Guards at a Kentucky Prison Have Been Accused of Sexual Misconduct
The Associated Press
Roger Alford
September 15, 2009 
UPDATE: Investigators from the Kentucky Department of Corrections called for security improvements at a private women's prison to protect inmates from being sexually assaulted by male guards. State investigators looked into the handling of 18 alleged cases of sexual misconduct by guards in the past three years at the Otter Creek Correctional Complex and made 14 recommendations including basic strategies like assigning female guards to supervise the women in their sleeping quarters. Department of Corrections spokeswoman Jennifer Brislin said yesterday that a two-month probe by her agency turned up seven new allegations of sexual misconduct that she said will be reviewed for possible criminal and administrative charges. Investigators from the Department of Corrections recommended yesterday that security cameras be installed and that staffers be assigned to monitor the cameras. They also recommended that the company hire more female corrections officers, conduct a security assessment of all areas of the prison vulnerable to sexual assaults, and train all staffers on provisions of the Prison Rape Elimination Act. Justice Cabinet Secretary J. Michael Brown said last week that the state will not renew a contract to house inmates at Otter Creek unless Corrections Corp. of America hires a female security chief and hires a security staff that is at least 40 percent female.

Sex complaints double against US prison workers
The Associated Press
September 10, 2009

A new report from Justice Department inspector general Glenn Fine says abuse allegations against Bureau of Prisons staff increased dramatically from 2001 to 2008. Claims of sexual misconduct by staff more than doubled, rising 130 percent in the same period. According to the findings, female prison workers were more likely to be accused of sexual misconduct or abuse than their male counterparts, yet those women who were convicted were less likely to serve time behind bars.

Former Scott County Jail Officer Charged with Having Sex with Inmate
Southeast Missourian 
By Bridget DiCosmo 
September 10, 2009

A former Scott County correctional officer was arrested Wednesday on charges he had sexual contact with a prisoner in the county jail. Michael P. Proctor was caught on a surveillance camera leading a female offender into the jail's inmate property room. The camera captured the two entering the room, staying about five minutes, and then leaving empty-handed, according to the sworn statement. When sheriff's deputies interviewed the inmate, she admitted to having consensual sex with Proctor. Proctor confessed to the sex acts in subsequent interviews. 

Alleged Sexual Assault at Otter Creek Prison went Unreported
Lexington Herald-Leader
Beth Musgrave
September 7, 2009
A privately run prison in Eastern Kentucky plagued with allegations of sexual improprieties involving guards and inmates did not report all sexual abuse incidents to the state. A Herald-Leader review of sexual-incident reports dating to 2006 showed that at least one alleged assault involving Otter Creek Correctional Center staff and a Kentucky inmate was not reported to the state by Corrections Corporation of America. Also, state correction officials said, Otter Creek hasn't followed the same reporting standards for sexual assaults as the state's 13 state-run prisons. 

Jail time rare for Colorado officers: Punishment can be key to prevention, but prosecution of jailers is difficult.
The Denver Post
Felisa Cardona
September 6, 2009
From 2005 to 2007, investigators from the Colorado Department of Corrections confirmed 62 allegations of sexual misconduct levied against its employees and private contractors. But few of the employees involved faced serious criminal consequences for violating laws that bar illicit contact between jailers and the jailed. Experts say that preventing the abuse of inmates can come only if there is real punishment for the perpetrators. In June, a federal judge in Denver chastised the DOC in a written opinion, saying that the sexual abuse of inmates is a "distressing problem" in Colorado prisons. A Denver Post analysis of complaints filed with the Colorado DOC found that the sexual encounters with inmates are frequent in some prisons, and sometimes flaunted. Nude photos of a female DOC sergeant were found in one prisoner's cell. Sexual abuse of inmates occurred in an electrical closet, staff bathroom and law library. A prison commissary employee posted photos of the inmate she was having sex with on her MySpace page.

Former Private Prison Worker Charged with Rape
Lexington- Herrald-Leader
By Dori Hjalmarson
September 2, 2009
A former employee of a privately run prison in Floyd County was indicted Tuesday on a felony charge of first-degree rape, officials said. At least four other employees as the prison have been charged with misdemeanor sexual abuse in the past three years. One case is set for trial later this month, court records show. Numerous inmates have come forward with complaints of sexual assault since media reports about the prison have been published.


Counselor Arrested for Sex with Inmate
North Country Gazette
August 12, 2009
A civilian counselor employed by the NYS Department of Corrections has been charged with having sexual contact with an inmate over a four month period. Michelle K. Finley has been charged with one count each of third degree criminal sex act, a felony;  second degree sexual abuse and official misconduct, both misdemeanors.

Officer Uses Camera to Watch Inmates in Shower
News Channel 5
August 3, 2009

A Maury Countycorrectional officerreceived a written warning for watching female inmates in the shower.


Ex-state prison nurse charged with inmate sex acts 
The Associated Press
July 30, 2009

A former nurse at the State Correctional Institution-Greensburg is charged with institutional sexual assault for allegedly performing sex acts on an inmate when she was supposed to be checking his blood pressure. Authorities say the nurse also brought candy and cigarettes to the inmate, and used aliases to deposit $595 into his prison account over a two-year period.

Officer Accused of Misconduct with Female Inmates
Chicago Tribune
Caroline Smith
July 28, 2009

A McHenry County correctional officerwas charged Monday withofficial misconduct and battery relating to his conduct with female inmates at the county's adult correctional facility. The McHenry Sheriff's Department investigated and corroborated charges alleging inappropriate contact between Elias Dario Fortoso and four female inmates. The charge ofsimple battery and one count of official misconduct concerns Fortoso allegedly"placing the hand of a female inmate on the outside of his pants touching his sex organ." The second charge of official misconduct,a Class 3 Felony, is with a separate inmate and refers to Fortoso "soliciting her to commit an act of public indecency by exposing her breasts to him." The victim of the battery charge alerted her public defender; the public defenderthen told police on July 13. They then began the investigation.

Tougher prison sex laws sought in Kentucky
Courrier Journal
Stephenie Steitzer
July 26, 2009

Kentucky is one of just three states that consider sexual contact between prison guards and inmates a misdemeanor rather than a felony offense. The Department of Corrections has tried in recent years to push a bill through the legislature that would increase the penalty from a maximum of 12 months in jail to a maximum of five years. The department is currently investigating sexual-abuse allegations involving as many as 16 Kentucky women housed at the privately run Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright. Proponents of strengthening custodial sexual misconduct laws say sex between an inmate and guard is never consensual because the guard is in a position of authority over the inmate.

Ex-Corrections Officer Sentenced to Ten Months for Sex with Inmates
Philadelphia Daily News
Michael Hinkelman 
July 24, 2009

On June 22, 2008 corrections officer Aaron Fields was asked to conduct a trash call on his unit and asked for a female inmate by name. Fields escorted the female inmate off the unit a few minutes later. According to court filings, an employee at the FDC, on 7th and Arch streets, got off an elevator in the basement of the facility and observed the female inmate - identified only as "J.S." in court documents - bent over with her pants and underwear pulled down below her knees. Fields was charged with engaging in sexual abuse of an inmate and pled guilty. Yesterday Fields was sentenced the former corrections officer to 10 months behind bars.

$250,000 Awarded in Prison Rape Case
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Linda Satter
July 17, 2009
A federal jury leveled $250,000 in punitive damages against former state Department of Correction officer Antonio Remley on Thursday after finding that he sexually assaulted a prisoner in late 2005. The jury also sided with the former prisoner on one of his claims against five other prison employees, agreeing that assistant warden Thomas Hurst, who was responsible for staffing and security, showed deliberate indifference to his needs and failed to protect him from the abuse. The lawsuit alleged that prison employees failed to follow the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The guard then pleaded guilty in 2007 to three counts of third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to five years in prison; he is now free on parole.

5 ex-inmates allege sex assaults at Ore. prison
KOMO News- Seattle
The Associated Press
July 16, 2009

Five women have sued the state of Oregon and the state Corrections Department, accusing former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility employees of sexual assault, battery and harassment. The women, who are seeking millions in damages, contend negligence by the Corrections Department allowed the abuse to occur. The plaintiffs were inmates at the Wilsonville prison at the time of the alleged offenses.

State investigating abuse reports at private prison
Courier Journal
By Stephenie Steitzer
July 16, 2007
The state Department of Corrections is investigating allegations of sexual abuse against as many as 16 Kentucky women housed at the privately run Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright. State Police also are investigating allegations, reported June 23, that a Hawaiian inmate was sexually assaulted by a corrections officer at the women's only, Floyd County facility. Both facilities are owned and operated by Corrections Corp. of America. Kentucky Department of Corrections officials are reviewing reports dating to 2006, including incidents that were previously investigated. Kentucky has a $19.6 million contract in fiscal year 2009 with Corrections Corp. and Hawaii has a $3.6 million contract.

Michigan is expected to settle prison suit for $100M: Female inmates allege sexual assaults, abuse by prison staff
The Detroit News
July 16, 2009
The state of Michigan is expected to pay $100 million to settle a lawsuit by more than 500 female inmates who allege they were sexually assaulted, abused and harassed by male Corrections staff. Gov. Jennifer Granholm authorized the settlement on the advice of the Attorney General's Office, citing two previous trials in which prisoners were awarded nearly $60 million. "There is no admission of guilt or liability in these accusations; the governor and the Attorney General's Office felt it was in the best interest of all parties involved," Marlan said Wednesday. In January, the Michigan Court of Appeals unanimously upheld a $15.5 million settlement to 10 female inmates who claimed they were sexually abused by male prison guards at the Scott Correctional Facility in Plymouth. The court said the state had warnings dating back a decade that abuses were rampant in the facility.

Prison sex charge brings resignation
Cincinnati Inquirer 
Jennifer Baker
July 15, 2009

UPDATE: A former case manager at the Lebanon Correctional Institution indicted this week for having sex with a prisoner multiple times quit after authorities interviewed her last month. It’s at least the third incident of alleged criminal behavior by employees at the prison since May. Iona D. Cowan resigned immediately after speaking with investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Cowan faces four counts of sexual battery. A spokesman for the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office said Cowan had sex with the prisoner between May 12 and June 11. She was caught by people who monitor the prison surveillance system.

Ex-Iowa jailer pleads not guilty to abusing inmate
The Chicago Tribune
The Associated Press

July 14, 2009
Kevin Hines, a former Dallas County jailer, has pled not guilty to charges of third-degree sexual abuse and sexual misconduct with an offender. Hines is accused of forcing sex on the inmate while she was in a temporary jail in Waukee in December. Hines resigned from the sheriff's department in April. 

Female Officer Indicted for Prison Sex
The Cincinnati Inquirer
Alex Shebar
July 13, 2009
A female corrections officer was indicted Monday for allegedly having sex several times with a male prisoner at the Lebanon Correctional Institute. Authorities said Iona D. Cowan had four different sexual encounters with a male prisoner at the Lebanon Correctional Institute.  The encounters happened between May 12 and June 11; during that time, Cowan was employed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. Cowan was caught by the people who monitor the prison surveillance system and indicted Monday on one count of sexual battery. Her court date has not been set. It is unclear if Cowan still works at the Lebanon Correctional Institute.

Dallas County Jailer Accused of Sexual Assault on Inmate
DesMoines Register
Jared Strong
July 2, 2009
A former Dallas County jail official is accused of raping a female inmate in December. Kevin Paul Hines is charged with felony sex abuse and misconduct with an offender. Hines “did engage in a sex act by force and against the will of ... an adult female, who was incarcerated,” a state Department of Criminal Investigation agent wrote in the complaint against Hines. Hines resigned from the Dallas County Sheriff’s department. The felony charge carries up to a 10 year prison sentence. Hines is the second Dallas jailer accused of having sex with female inmates in the last three years. Deke Gliem was sentenced to eight years in prison last year after he traded telephone cards and other items to inmates for “favors” in 2006.


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The Examiner

Tuesday June 23, 2009

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Human Rights Campaign
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The New York Times
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The New York Times

Elliott Jailer Sentenced to 12 Years for Rape Conviction
WSAZ News Channel 3
Randy Yohe
June 30, 2009

Elliott County Jailer Charles Howard will spend 12 years in prison after being convicted of 1st degree rape. Howard was convicted after a week long trial in which a jail inmate testified that Howard took her to a remote area and assaulted her.

Delaware County Jail Inmates Allege Sexual Assaults
The Oklahoman: News OK
Ron Jackson and Sheila Stogsdill
June 26, 2009
Four former Delaware County jail female inmates have filed a civil lawsuit accusing the sheriff of covering up such crimes as rape and sexual battery as well as blackmail attempts and death threats committed against them by jailers.

Prison guard accused of raping inmate: Man resigns from Department of Correction following allegations he coerced woman into sex
The News Journal
Ira Porter
June 25, 2009
A longtime Delaware Department of Correction employee resigned recently after he was implicated in a rape involving an inmate at the Women's Work Release Treatment Center in New Castle. Delaware State Police said the incident happened April 11 and involved correctional officer Sgt. Roger L. Thompkins and a 24-year-old inmate at the center. According to court documents, Thompkins coerced the woman into having sex with him three times that day by telling her he would be present at a disciplinary hearing she had, and he could make her go back to jail. He was charged with second-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact, sexual relations in a detention facility and official misconduct with unauthorized exercise of official functions and acts constituting coercion.

Denver youth facility staffer charged with abuse
The Denver Post
Howard Pankratz
June 25, 2009

A residential treatment center staff member has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old client. Matthew Crum was charged Wednesday with one count of sexual assault on a child.

Jail officer suspended after sex act alleged: Incident with inmate occurred in February
Southern Maryland News
John Wharton
June 24, 2009
A St. Mary's correctional officer has been suspended from work as she stands accused of a sex act with a man serving time in jail last winter.

Ex-Sebastian County Jailer Charged With Sexual Abuse
Times Record
Amy Sherrill
June 24, 2009

A former Sebastian County Detention Center deputy accused of sexually assaulting two female inmates has been charged with two felony counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Leon Wilson Wood was arrested June 15 and terminated from his position. Wood allegedly entered an isolated cell in the medical area of the Detention Center during early morning hours of June 15 and demanded sexual acts from two female inmates, authorities said earlier. He gave the two women Motrin, a mini-Snickers and part of a bottled soft drink, according to court documents. Wood allegedly went to the inmates’ cell for sex on at least four occasions during his 12-hour shift.

Prison Litigation Reform Act Denies Access
The Hudson Valley Press
June 19, 2009
In light of a new report showing that a law intended to reduce so-called “frivolous lawsuits” by prisoners has resulted in barring serious prison abuse cases from reaching the courts, the American Civil Liberties Union today called on Congress to amend parts of the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1996 (PLRA). The troubling consequences of the PLRA are made clear in a Human Rights Watch report released today which finds that the exhaustion and physical injury requirements of the law have been particularly problematic for juveniles who are at higher risk of sexual assault and other violence. According to  Amy Fettig, Counsel to the ACLU National Prison Project: “For over thirteen years, the Prison Litigation Reform Act has denied access to the courts to countless prisoners who have become victims of abuse, creating a system of injustice that denies redress for prisoners alleging serious abuses, barriers that don’t apply to anyone else. It is time for Congress to pass legislation to restore the courts as a needed check on prisoner abuse.”

Corrections Contractor Charged In Client's Rape 
Indy Channel 6
June 15, 2009
A contract worker with the Marion County Community Corrections Agency was charged Monday with raping a woman he was fitting for an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet. Brima Kemokai was indicted on a charge of official misconduct after he admitted to offering to show a woman how to outsmart her home-detention device if she would have dinner and go back to his place with him. While investigating that case, corrections officials told police that another woman had made a complaint against Kemokai three days earlier. That woman told police she had gone to get her ankle bracelet repaired on the evening of June 6, Kemokai made several sexual advances toward her, including telling her that she could have his baby, according to the probable cause affidavit. She told police that, under the pretense of trying to find a signal for her GPS equipment, Kemokai led her to an empty office, where he then raped her. Kemokai was charged Monday with rape, criminal confinement and two counts of official misconduct.

New Doe law shields corrections officers Backers say it will reduce frivolous suits
Journal Sentinel
Patrick Marley
June 12, 2009 
Gov. Jim Doyle signed a bill Friday that supporters say will stop prisoners from launching frivolous lawsuits against correctional officers. Currently, anyone can file John Doe complaints with judges that require them to take testimony, even when there is no evidence of a crime. Correctional officers say inmates have abused the system, leading to meritless complaints that tie up courts and force officers to pay legal expenses. Under the law, judges would have more discretion than they do now in deciding how to conduct those inquiries.

$1M awarded to 5 Washington inmates in sex-assault lawsuit
Seattle Times
Jennifer Sullivan
June 12, 2009
The state Department of Corrections will pay $1 million to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed by current and former female inmates who allege they were sexually assaulted by prison guards. A group of inmates at the Washington Corrections Center for Women, filed the lawsuit against former corrections Secretary Harold Clarke in July 2007. The women allege that sexual assaults by staff were rampant and that the Department of Corrections (DOC) failed to adequately investigate their complaints. Between 2003 and 2007, there were at least 41 allegations of sexual misconduct by corrections employees against inmates investigated at the Pierce County women's prison. DOC spokesman Chad Lewis said there were 94 reports of sexual misconduct involving staff and offenders at all 15 state prisons in 2008. Of those, DOC investigators substantiated 23 of them. Blonien said the agency has improved staff training, provided victim advocates to offenders, and increased the office that handles prison-sex allegations to include four investigators and an administrator.

Judge: Sexual abuse of inmates ‘distressingly common’ in state
The Denver Post
By Felisa Cardona 
June 12, 2009
A female inmate awarded $1.3 million because she was sexually assaulted by a prison guard was victimized during a period in which 197 reports of sexual misconduct were made against state prison staff. One, the 2006 case involving former prison Sgt. Leshawn Terrell, was an example of "horrific violence" that moved U.S. Circuit Judge David Ebel to lambaste the way the department handles sexual assault by its employees in his decision to award $1.3 million to the inmate. "Further, the court received evidence that it is not uncommon for CDOC to have to dismiss prison staff at the Denver complex because of sexual misconduct," he wrote.

Inmate wins 1.3 million in Denver rape case
The Denver Post
By Felisa Cardona 
June 11, 2009
A female inmate sexually assaulted by a Colorado Department of Corrections sergeant was awarded $1.3 million Wednesday by a federal judge who said he hoped the damages would be a deterrent to other correctional officers. U.S. Circuit Judge David Ebel stated, "... The right to be safe from sexual assault and rape by one of her guards turned out to be worth no more than the paper upon which (the regulation) was printed.  Ebel also said that based on testimony from other inmates who corroborated the victim's experience, he believes the DOC does not effectively enforce a zero-tolerance policy on sexual abuse of inmates. Terrell pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact and was sentenced to 60 days in jail. The judge also criticized that sentence as too short. The $1.3 million includes $354,070 in compensatory damages for the victim's medical costs and emotional suffering and $1 million in punitive damages against Terrell.


NJ Prison Worker Accused of Having Sex with Inmate
The Associated Press
May 29, 2009

A New Jersey prison employee is charged with having sex with an inmate. Michael Hawthorne, a cooking teacher, at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 28-year-old inmate in April and May and giving him a cell phone. Hawthorne is suspended without pay and held on $100,000 bail. 

N.M. Inmate May Have Impregnated Guard
The Albuquerque Journal covered by CorrectionsOne
T.J. Wilham
May 27, 2009

The District Attorney's Office is reviewing reports that a corrections officer became pregnant after having sex with an inmate in the cellblock she supervised at the Metropolitan Detention Center. The officer, Reyna Lujan, resigned while detectives were investigating the allegations. The inmate, Erik Braman, moved in with Lujan after he was released in January. Lujan, who has been a correctional officer for four years, has denied having sex with her prisoner and has not been charged. After a tip from an inmate, Jail staff started an inquiry and pulled hundreds of recordings of phone calls from the jail to Lujan's cell phone number. On the recordings, the two could be heard talking about their relationship, sexual activities and Braman being the father of Lujan's child.

Female guards OK’d to Strip-search Male Inmates
San Francisco Chronicle
Bob Egelko
May 21, 2009

A male prisoner can be strip-searched by a female guard even if male officers are available, a federal appeals court has ruled. In a 2-1 decision, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco dismissed an Arizona inmate's claims that jail officials had violated his rights by having a female guard trainee search inside his shorts and pat down his genitals. Byrd sued, claiming he had suffered pain and humiliation. A jury found no evidence that the probe had been conducted painfully, and the appeals court upheld a judge's ruling that the search was constitutional. Although male guards were available, an officer testified that there hadn't been enough men to search all the inmates. A ban on searches by female guards would "significantly limit" their usefulness said the officer.

Woman Indicted on Charges of Sex with an Inmate
Watertown Daily Times
David Winters
May 17, 2009

A suspended Gouverneur Correctional Facility employee was indicted on charges of having sex with an inmate. Laura E. Douglass faces charges of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree promoting prison contraband and two counts of official misconduct. She is accused of having sex with a male inmate in December and providing a knife to an inmate in 2008. Ms. Douglass was among three women charged in the fall for allegedly having sex with inmates at the prison. Lisa A. Vaughn pleaded guilty last month to felony third-degree rape. The plea agreement calls for her to receive 10 years' probation and register as a sex offender when sentenced this month. She was accused of having oral sex, sexual intercourse and sneaking food, cigarettes and postage stamps to inmates. The third woman Rachael S. Patterson also faces charges of having sex with inmates. All three were suspended without pay pending the outcome of their criminal cases and face disciplinary charges with the state Department of Correctional Services.

4 female Ulster County correction officers file suit: Claim sexual harassment rampant at jail
Times Herald-Record
Adam Bosch

May 14, 2009

A group of female correction officers has filed a federal lawsuit, accusing supervisors of allowing rampant sexual harassment and discrimination inside the Ulster County Jail. The suit depicts the jail as a frat house-type environment where male officers watch porn and make lewd comments about female co-workers and inmates. Female officers who complain are often given less desirable duties inside the jail or skipped over for promotions, the suit says. The suit is against Sheriff Paul Van Blarcum, former Sheriff Richard Bockelmann, jail Superintendent Bradford Ebel and Deputy Superintendent Ray Acevedo. Another federal claim was filed in June by a female correction officer who accused a jail corporal of forcibly touching her genitalia.

California LGBT Prisoner Safety Act to Protect Gay and Transgendered Inmates
Associated Content
Sylvia Cochran
May 13, 2009
Tom Ammiano introduced Assembly Bill No. 382, the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act. The legislation protecting LGBT inmates from rape was initially introduced on February 23rd, but it was not until May 11th that it passed the assembly with bipartisan support. Passage of the LGBT Prisoner Safety Act introduces "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" as criteria the Department of Corrections would take into consideration when classifying inmates and allocating their housing.

Ex Inmate Alleges Prince Georges Jail Tryst
The Washington Post
Ruben Castaneda
May 13, 2009

The head of security at the Prince George's County jail was suspended yesterday while authorities investigate allegations that, as a guard two decades ago, she smuggled food and alcohol into the facility for an inmate with whom she was having a sexual relationship. Lt. Col. Kathleen M. Costello was placed on paid leave after an attorney for the former inmate wrote to jail officials describing the relationship and requesting an investigation. After inmate Kristine L. Krick was released, she and Costello were involved for many years until they split in 2005. Costello’s attorney, Susan Silver acknowledged that Krick and Costello were together for years as domestic partners. They moved in together within two weeks of Krick's release from the jail. At the time of her incarceration, Krick was 21 and said she was afraid of being attacked by other inmates in the jail. She said Costello began visiting her cell to talk and then began bringing her food from outside the jail and putting money in her commissary account. After about two months, Krick said, the relationship became sexual. Krick said that she struggled for years with the question of reporting Costello's alleged misconduct.

Ex-deputy arrested in alleged rape of inmate
Associated Press
May 11, 2009

A former East Baton Rouge Parish deputy has been arrested for allegedly raping a Parish Prison inmate. A fellow deputy reported the incident and following an investigation the deputy was immediately fired and booked on one count each of aggravated rape and malfeasance by sexual misconduct.

Franklin County Jail guard charged with sex abuse: Probe says county CO had sex contact with inmate
The Press Republican
Denise Raymo
May 7, 2009

A correction officer at Franklin County Jail was charged Thursday with sexually abusing a female inmate. Ronald S. Martin was charged with second-degree sexual abuse and official misconduct. Two other women being held at the jail had complained about Martin's actions toward the female inmate.

Prison Guard Accused of Drug Smuggling
The News Journal
Terri Sanginiti
May 4, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested on drug charges following an investigation into drug smuggling at Vaughn Correctional Center. Sidney Nunn was charged with possession with intent to deliver marijuana, maintaining a vehicle, conspiracy, possession of drug paraphernalia and promoting prison contraband.

Bill in Texas Legislature would create oversight board for TYC, juvenile probation panel
The Dallas Morning News 
Robert Garrett and Emily Ramshaw
May 3, 2009

A measure tentatively endorsed Saturday will create an oversight board to make improvements and recommendations to both agencies and to ensure youth have a seamless transition between incarceration and probation.


Guards accused of having sex with girl inmates
The Daily Comet
Matthew Pleasant and Naomi King
April 30, 2009

Allegations that guards at Terrebonne’s juvenile detention center had sex with teenage girl inmates in exchange for food, phone calls and other favors have now yielded four arrests, and authorities say more are imminent. Detectives have documented accusations from at least five girls held at the center over the past year and as recently as a month ago. Officers have been charged with molestation of a juvenile, indecent behavior with a juvenile, malfeasance in office and obstruction of justice.

Ex-jail nurse on trial for alleged sexual abuse of four inmates 
Tucson Citizen 
Sheryl Kornman
April 29, 2009

A former Pima County Jail nurse is accused of five felony counts of sexual abuse and five felony counts of unlawful sexual conduct. Four former inmates testified he touched their breasts for sexual pleasure during visits to the jail's medical suite.

Sheriff’s Office: A jail guard from Lockport faces sex abuse charges
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Mark Scheer
April 22, 2009

A correction officer with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department has been suspended with pay following his arrest on charges that he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a female inmate at the county jail. Correction officer Scott W. Magill faces five counts of sexual abuse in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor. County Sheriff James Voutour said the charges stemmed from five separate incidents that were alleged to have occurred in the past month.

Ex- Nebraska Jail Guard Denies Sexual Assault of Inmate
The Associated Press
April 17, 2009
An ex-Nebraska jail guard is accused of sexually assaulting an inmate while working in the Gage County jail. The officer pled not guilty to charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse of an inmate.  Court records say the woman told her mother that she was sleeping in her cell when the officer entered it and assaulted her.

Feds: Gang Smuggled Goods, Weapons Into Jail; Guards, Prison Employees Charged In Smuggling Ring
April 16, 2009

Federal prosecutors said a drug gang known as the Black Guerrilla Family smuggled drugs, weapons, cell phones and luxuries such as champagne into Maryland prisons, where members continued to operate the drug ring. The U.S. attorney's office announced indictments Thursday against 24 gang members and associates, including guards and other prison employees who helped smuggle contraband. All face conspiracy, drugs and weapons charges.

Court Deems Two TYC Firings Unconstitutional
April 16, 2009
A federal judge ruled that the termination of two employees at the state juvenile detention center were improperly handled.  San Antonio District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled that the state wrongly terminated two TYC employees, Patricia Logterman and Corinne Alvarez-Sanders, and the state implemented measure that allowed the agency to fire employees without cause is not constitutional. The judge ruled that the reform measure signed by Texas governor Rick Perry in 2007 in an effort to clean up the agency was unjustly applied to workers who had been hired as “for cause employees.” The agency is said to state that those fired were provided hearings for termination as policies outlined for the agency stipulate. Further hearings are set to be heard on the matter.

Ex-prison Worker Pleads Guilty to Sex with Inmates
Watertown Daily Times
David Winter
April 14, 2009

Lisa A. Vaughn , a former laundry supervisor at the Gouverneur Correctional Facility employee admitted to having sex with an inmate. Vaughn pleaded guilty Monday to felony third-degree rape. The plea agreement calls for her to receive 10 years probation and register as a sex offender when sentenced May 18. She was also accused of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with four inmates and was accused of sneaking food, cigarettes and postage stamps to inmates. She was a laundry supervisor at the medium-security state prison. Ms. Vaughn was charged in November with 16 counts each of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sexual act and official misconduct and four counts of second-degree promoting prison contraband. Two other Gouverneur Correctional Facility employees, Rachael S. Patterson, 32, Ogdensburg, and Laura E. Douglass, 38, Potsdam, also face charges of having sex with inmates. Their cases are pending.

Rape Allegations a Delaware Prison
WPVI 6abc Action News
April 13, 2009

The Delaware Department of Corrections confirms a corrections officer is on leave while being investigated on allegations of rape. State Police say the incident happened at the Women's Work Release Treatment Center. Investigators are releasing few details, except to say an investigation is underway.


Former Alabama judge indicted on inmate sex charges
Ashley Broughton
March 31, 2009

A former south Alabama judge is accused of checking male inmates out of jail and forcing them to engage in sexual activity including paddling. Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was arrested Friday after a grand jury returned the indictments against him. The indictments total 57 counts, and the charges range from ethics violations to kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and sodomy. If convicted on the most serious charge -- kidnapping, a Class A felony -- Thomas faces a prison sentence of 10 to 99 years in prison. Thomas' attorney said the accusations against the former judge amount to "a high-tech lynching” and are "racism at its very finest." Thomas denies all the charges, and he questioned the credibility of the alleged victims. "Everybody that's listed in the indictment is either serving life for murder or some other horrible crime." Some have already recanted. 

Ex-correctional officer ordered to pay fine in plea
The Northwestern
Jennifer K. Woldt
March 28, 2009
A former Winnebago County correctional officer accused of having sexual contact with a female inmate has been ordered to pay a $200 fine plus court costs after pleading no contest to two counts of obstructing an officer. According to the criminal complaint, the officer was a correctional officer at the Winnebago County Jail when he had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate. He was originally charged with second-degree sexual assault by a correctional officer and misconduct in office. Thomas Coaty, who was serving as a special prosecutor in the case said issues that would have made it difficult to take the case before a jury were discovered during the course of the investigation, including several videotapes from the jail being destroyed by lightning and some credibility issues with the female victim, who is currently in jail awaiting sentencing on a felony conviction. Coaty said he believed a fine was the appropriate punishment given that the incident occurred in 2004 and the repercussions the officer faced of losing his job in law enforcement.

To Cut Costs, States Relax Prison Policies
The New York Times
Jennifer Steinhauer
March 25, 2009

Recessions tend to prompt changes to corrections policies. After the recession at the start of this decade, numerous states enacted laws eliminating some long mandatory minimum sentences; several began to offer early release and treatment options to some drug offenders. In the past 20 years, correction department budgets have quadrupled and are outpacing every major spending area outside health care, according to a recent report by the Pew Center on the States. With 7.3 million Americans in prison, on parole or under probation, states spent $47 billion in 2008, the study said. Faced with such costs, even states known for being particularly tough on crime are revisiting their policies and laws.

ACLU reports abuse charges at 2 St. Louis jails in newly released 74-page report
Associated Press
March 24, 2009
The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri alleges a pattern of beatings, sexual misconduct and other crimes at two jails in St. Louis. The report quotes six corrections officers who wish "to remain anonymous because of the atmosphere of intimidation and retaliation" in the jails. Allegations include that guards bring drugs into the facilities and that inmates are denied medications and made to lie in filth and waste.

Former Sheriff Sentenced To 79 Years In Prison
KTUL- abc News Channel 8
March 24, 2009
Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess has been sentenced to 79 years in prison after his conviction on charges of sexual abuse involving inmates and defendants. Burgess was convicted in January on 13 counts, including forcible oral sodomy, kidnapping, sexual battery and rape.

State ‘On Guard’ for Inmate-Officer Relations: Official says 12 cases in 5 years at Brevard Institution is Tame
Florida Today
John Torres
March 23, 2009

In the past five years, officials have investigated at least 12 allegations of sex or improper relationships between male inmates and female officers or staff members at the Brevard Correctional Institution, according to state records. Eight officers and one counselor resigned or were fired in those incidents. Five cases were proven to have involved sexual relationships. There are 14 open investigations for 2008. Staff members weren't fired, for example, in cases of prohibited relationships that involved officers breaking policy by mailing letters for inmates or by doing other favors, but there were no second chances for sexual interaction. Florida law considers sex between a corrections officer and an inmate to be sexual battery, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Officials said none of the women disciplined in the Brevard cases were charged with a crime because none were caught in the act and because the inmates were not cooperative. One female officer was found with her pants down, but sexual activity had not begun.

Three prison workers held in smuggling
The Houston Chronicle
March 17, 2009

Three employees at a county-owned but privately managed West Texas prison have been indicted on charges that they took bribes to smuggle in contraband.

Bill Would Change Searches of Maryland Prison Workers
The Herald-Mail
Erin Cunningham
March 17, 2009

Del. Christopher B. Shank (R-Washington) is introducing a bill into the MD legislature to prevent improper searches of staff coming into correctional  facilities. The bill is being introduced after two MD Correctional Officers were improperly strip searched in August of 2008.

Former jailer indicted by grand jury for relationship with inmate
The Daily Sentinel
Andrew Goodridge
March 16, 2009

A Nacogdoches grand jury has indicted a former jailer on a charge of having an improper sexual relationship with a person in custody. Lori Wade was arrested after allegations arose that she conspired to help inmate Charles Cameron Frazier escape from the facility. The police began an internal investigation that revealed she formed an inappropriate relationship with him and agreed to smuggle contraband into the facility for him. They were crafting a plan to potentially break him out of jail. This is the second jailer to be terminated and arrested due to allegations of improper involvement with Frazier. Deanna Lynn Jopling, a former jail sergeant, was fired from her position at the jail in May 2008 after she was charged with conspiracy to possess a controlled substance in a correctional facility.

Correctional Officer Arrested
March 13, 2009
A Peoria County Correctional Officer is on unpaid administrative leave after charges are filed that he allegedly slapped a prisoner. Michael Hulse faces charges of battery and official misconduct.

Female Guard Charged with Raping Teen
March 13, 2009
A woman who worked as a guard at the Metro Juvenile Detention Center is accused of having a sexual relationship with a teenager under her watch. Tammy Graves worked at the center for 10 years and had never been in trouble until her bosses warned that she was getting too close with a teenager. In January, supervisors at the detention center said they became suspicious after observing flirtatious behavior between Graves and the 17-year-old boy. Graves was written up and told to clean up her act. Officers said last month Graves met up with the 17-year-old boy and bought him alcohol and admitted they had sex. She has been suspended from work, banned from all juvenile facilities and charged with aggravated statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor for providing the teenager with alcohol.

Albion Corrections Employee Charged with Sexual Contact with Inmate
Buffalo News
March 13, 2009
A civilian employee at the Albion Correctional Facility is accused of having had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate whom he supervised. Samuel E. Williams was charged with criminal sexual act and official misconduct.

Corrections Officer Charged with Assaults
Chicago Tribune
The Associated Press
March 12, 2009

An officer at the Milwaukee County House of Corrections has been charged with sexually assaulting two female prisoners in their cells. The complaint charges James Howard with two counts of second-degree sexual assault of an inmate by a correctional officer and two counts of third-degree sexual assault. The women told authorities that the assaults happened last Saturday.

Barren County Jailer Enters Alford Plea in Sex Abuse Case
March 11, 2009
Barren County Jailer Leland Cox entered an "alford plea" to four counts of third degree sexual abuse. Five women had accused Cox of 40 counts of sexual abuse. He must pay a fine of 250-dollars for each of the four counts against him, and if he stays out of trouble for two years, his 30-day jail sentence will be suspended.

Corrections officer charged with sneaking dope into prison
The Western Star
Kyle Nagel
March 05, 2009

A Warren Correctional Institution corrections officer has been charged with attempting to sneak 200 grams of marijuana into the prison. Stephen L. Howard appeared in court to face charges of attempting to convey drugs onto the grounds of a detention facility, a third-degree felony, and possession of criminal tools, a fifth-degree felony. Howard used hollowed-out markers and a Subway sandwich in an attempt to transport the marijuana from an outside dealer to an inmate.

Sexual Assault Alleged at Wyatt Jail
The Providence Journal
W. Zachary Malinowski 
March 5, 2009

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that a former medical technician at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility, in Central Falls, sexually assaulted two prisoners in the jail’s infirmary last year.

Former Prison Guard Pleads Guilty
The Houston Chronicle
The Associated Press
March 2, 2009

A former McLennan County Detention Center guard received five years of deferred probation after pleading guilty to a charge of giving contraband to inmates for allowing two inmates to use his cell phone in October.

Officers Arrested after Alleged Inmate Beating
NBC2 News
March 2, 2009

Three corrections officers are out of a job and two just got out of jail because of an alleged beating of inmate Jerome Williams at the Charlotte County Correctional Institution in December of 2008.

Morris County corrections officer is accused of sex assault on inmate
The Star-Ledger Continuous News Desk 
March 01, 2009
A Morris County corrections officer has been charged with sexual assault and official misconduct after allegedly performing a sex act on an inmate doing community service under his supervision.


Ex jail deputy gets prison for smuggling in drugs
The Associated Press
February 28, 2009

A former jail guard in Arkansas has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for sneaking syringes, marijuana and cell phones to inmates by hiding the items in food. The long-troubled jail had 13 escapes last year. A number of guards were fired, and some faced criminal charges for improper conduct with inmates.

Stiles Unit correctional Officer Arrested on drug, Contraband Charges
KFDM 6 News
Scott Lawrence
February 24, 2009

A correctional officer at the Mark Stiles Unit in Jefferson County is charged with bringing marijuana into the state prison. The officer was taken to the Jefferson County Correctional Center on charges of possession of marijuana and bringing a prohibited substance into a correctional facility. Bond on the prohibited substance charge is $10,000 and bond on the marijuana possession charge is $7,500.

Gay California Lawmaker Seeks GLBT Prisoner Protections and Marijuana Legalization
EDGE Wire- Boston
Tuesday Feb 24, 2009
A California Assemblyman has introduced two controversial pieces of legislation, one of which is designed to protect GLBT prisoners from sexual violence. Democratic Assemblymember Tom Ammiano is sponsoring an Equality California-written measure that would require prison officials to factor sexuality and gender identity into their decisions on where to house GLBT inmates. A new report from the state’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation indicated that over two thirds of GLBT inmates had reported being sexually assaulted at the hands of fellow prisoners--a staggering 15-fold greater incidence than straight prisoners reported suffering.

Most Prison Inmates with HIV Do Not Receive Appropriate Treatment Immediately Following Release
NewsWise- American Medical Association
February 24, 2009

Approximately 80 percent of HIV-infected Texas prison inmates did not fill an initial prescription for antiretroviral therapy within 30 days of their release from prison, potentially increasing their risk for harmful health consequences because of an interruption of treatment, according to a study in the February issue of theJournal of the American Medical Association. Because the majority of former inmates are without private or public health insurance for the first several months after release, accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a timely manner represents a challenge. 

POLICE: Prison Guard Having Inmate’s Baby
WITN News 4
February 24, 2009

A former correctional officer has been arrested for having sex with an inmate and police say she's pregnant with the inmate's baby. Tameka Mebane was charged last Wednesday with sexual offense in an institution. Mebane is accused of having sex with the inmate in several different places in the prison, including a closet and break room. Mebane worked nights, when there were less restrictions and supervision of employees.

Senator Pushes Co-pay for Inmates, Sexual Assault Bills
Register-Herald reporter
Mannix Porterfield
February 20, 2009

Inmates might be required to pay a $5 co-pay every time they go on a non-emergency sick call at West Virginia’s regional jails. A second key proposal would enhance the penalty for sexual assaults by or against inmates in prisons, and make it a felony for one of them or a correctional officer to engage in sex with a prisoner. The bill would make it a felony with a prison term of one to five years if an inmate or staff employee takes part in sexual intercourse with an inmate.

Social Worker Accused of Raping Louisiana Inmate
Fox News
The Associated Press
February 20, 2009
West Feliciana Parish sheriff's deputies have arrested a Louisiana State Penitentiary social worker on one count of aggravated rape involving an inmate. Gary Dewayne Midkiff is accused of using threats of violence to force the inmate to allow him to perform oral sex on the inmate. The inmate accused Midkiff of threatening to make false accusations against him in order to have correctional officers beat him. The inmate said he submitted to Midkiff's demands in the belief the threats were real. Detectives said Midkiff denied the allegations, but prison investigators and sheriff's detectives found four other complaints from different inmates accusing Midkiff of inappropriate sexual conduct.

Fired Juvenile Officer Found Not Guilty of Sexual Abuse
Northwest Arkansas Times
Scott Davis
February 19, 2009
A jury found Robert Santos, a Washington County juvenile court officer, not guilty of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl he was assigned to help. Santos testified that he befriended the girl and that their relationship was not sexual, even though he admitted to talking to her about sexual topics and telling her about a dream in which he kissed her. The accuser claims he touched her breast on purpose, while Santos said that if he touched her it was done accidentally while tickling her after she teased him. Santos also admitted in his interview with police that they flirted over text messages.

Guard Faces Assault Trial; Four Females Remain Mum
The Daily Item
Marcia Moore
February 19, 2009

Two former correctional officers are charged with four counts of third-degree felony institutional sexual assault after being accused of sexually assaulting female inmates housed in the trustees' quarters in exchange for money and cigarettes. The Lewisburg Prison Project is trying to address issues at the prison in a pending federal class-action lawsuit filed last year alleging the 135-year-old jail is unsafe and inmates are denied civil rights, including proper medical care and equal treatment. So far, none of the women have filed a grievance or lawsuit as a result of the alleged abuse inside the jail.

Former corrections officer two others indicted
Moberly Monitor-Index
February 16, 2009

Brian Saunders, a former corrections officer and maintenance supervisor with the Missouri Department of Corrections, Sandra White and Rebecca Best were indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges. The indictment alleges that in March and April 2008, Saunders, White and Best were involved in a conspiracy to deliver marijuana and crack cocaine to inmates at the Moberly Missouri Correctional Center. If convicted, each count carries a penalty range of five years to life in prison and/or fines up to $4 million.

Cook County Juvenile Detention Center to Rehire 5 Counselors Dismissed Over Abuse Allegations: They will not have any contact with youths in their new jobs
The Chicago Tribune
Ofelia Casillas and Hal Dardick
February 16, 2009

Cook County's juvenile detention center has agreed to rehire five counselors who were fired for allegedly physically abusing residents. In three cases, the detention center's previous leadership bungled the firings by failing to present proper evidence, an arbitrator ruled. A fourth employee, fired two months before Dunlap was brought in, allegedly punched a resident. DCFS again found credible evidence that abuse had occurred, but an administrative law judge overturned that finding on appeal. The fifth employee, a recreational staffer Dunlap dismissed under his "zero tolerance" policy, allegedly admitted yanking a youth to the floor by his legs to defuse a disruptive situation instead of using a restraining technique as policy required. A hearing officer determined the employee should have been suspended but not fired. Earl Dunlap, appointed by a federal judge as transitional administrator to improve conditions at the center, said provisions in a union contract and the dismissal of the cases on appeal leave him no course but to rehire the workers for administrative jobs. Dunlap initially refused to rehire any of the employees, but the Teamsters took the case to federal court. 

Former Missouri Corrections Officer Faces Drug-Smuggling Charges

The Associated Press
February 13, 2009

A former Missouri corrections officer and two others face federal charges for allegedly trying to smuggle marijuana and crack cocaine inside the state prison in Moberly. A spokeswoman for the Missouri Department of Corrections declined to comment.

Bristol County Correctional Officer Arrested on Drug Charges
South Coast Today
February 12, 2009
Marco Moniz was arrested and charged with conspiracy to violate drug laws and delivering contraband to a penal institution.

Federal Judge Rules Jail Strip Searches Unconstitutional
Mary Schultz
February 11, 2009

A federal judge has ruled thousands of strip searches carried out at jails in Burlington and Essex counties in New Jersey were illegal. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph H. Rodriguez says the searches violate the Fourth Amendment and are unconstitutional. Approximately 10,000 people were strip searched. At least eight similar suits are pending against jails in Union, Middlesex and Bergen counties.

Judges Order California to Free Thousands of Inmates to Ease Overcrowding
USA Today
February 9, 2009

California must release tens of thousands of inmates because the state's prisons are overcrowded, a federal panel of judges has tentatively ruled. The three judges said it's the only solution for improving conditions in the 33 adult prisons. They stated that changes in parole and other policies can relieve overcrowding without jeopardizing public safety.

Officer Accused of Selling Drugs in Prison
February 5, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested Monday on charges of selling drugs to inmates at the Sierra Conservation Center. The officer was arrested on suspicion of possessing drugs in prison, bringing drugs into the prison, selling drugs to inmates and criminal conspiracy and faces three felony counts and one misdemeanor.

Lawsuit on Behalf of Juveniles Detained at Youth Study Center Given Class Action Status
The Times-Picayune 
Katy Reckdahl, 
February 5, 2009

A federal judge ruled that a lawsuit brought on behalf of juveniles detained in the city of New Orleans' Youth Study Center should be certified as a class action. In December 2007, the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana sued the city over the center, which has been plagued with escapes and reports of poor conditions, including 21-hour daily lockdowns, inadequate education and shoddy medical and mental health care. The class could potentially include about 400 young people who have rotated through the facility since the suit was filed, along with anyone held there in the future. The plaintiffs are not seeking damages but are asking for correction of the facility's problems.

Maryland Prison Guard Charged with Tobacco Smuggling
The Associated Press
February 4, 2009

A correctional officer has been charged with smuggling tobacco and rolling papers to inmates at the medium-security Maryland Correctional Training Center near Hagerstown. Timothy Parks faces trial March 26 on one count of contraband possession with intent to deliver. The offense carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $1,000 fine. The agency says a second officer, who was not identified, resigned during the investigation.

Corrections Officer Charged with Coercing Sexual Act
The Journal Star
Erin Wood
February 3, 2009

A Peoria County correctional officer was arrested on felony charges for allegedly coercing an inmate to perform a sex act on him. The officer was charged with official misconduct and custodial sexual misconduct. The female prisoner was being held at OSF St. Francis Medical Center after being taken there for a suicide attempt. The officer transported her and guarded her room while she was a. The officer allegedly told the woman he would arrange for her to be bailed out of jail in exchange for oral sex.

2 Former Okla. County Guards Indicted In Inmate's Death
KOKO 5 News
February 3, 2009

Two former guards at the Oklahoma County Jail have been indicted in an inmate's death, charged with federal civil rights violations. The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office initially said Christopher Beckman died from a seizure in May 2007. However, federal prosecutors said Monday that two deputies beat Beckman before he died. In 2008, the U.S. Justice Department criticized the Oklahoma County Jail, saying there was too much inmate violence and excessive force by guards. The maximum possible penalties for civil rights violations are life in prison without the possibility of parole or death.


Former Prison Worker Looses Privacy Suit
The Salt Lake Tribune
Steve Gehrke
January 31, 2009
A former prison employee says her coworker would have never known about the $1,500 worth of calls she made from her personal phone to a paroled prisoner in Tonga if his wife hadn't worked at the phone company. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled the information was neither publicly disclosed nor highly offensive -- two standards that must be met under the invasion of privacy standard. Barker was working as a rehab specialist at the Gunnison Prison when she was placed on administrative leave in May 2006. She resigned two weeks later, after the Department of Corrections began investigating her long-distance calls and the nature of her relationship with former prisoners.

Prison Employee Sentenced to Prison for Having Sex with Inmate
January 30, 2009

A former prison secretary has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for having sex with an inmate she was supposed to be supervising. Janine Sligar was sentenced for sexual abuse of a ward. After serving her sentence, she will serve five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Corrections Officer Charged in Jail Smuggling
John Valenti
January 30, 3009

A correction officer has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cigarettes to inmates inside the Nassau County jail. The correction officer was one of four people charged in two separate probes into smuggling operations at the facility. Officials said drugs, cigarettes and a cell phone were among the items smuggled into the jail between December 2006 and August 2007. The officer was paid directly, in cash, as well as by the transferring of commissary funds to others who then wired payments to him, for smuggling marijuana, the painkiller OxyContin and cigarettes to inmates.

Correctional Officer Helped Inmate Escape, Officials Say
6 NEWS Indianapolis
January 30, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested Friday after an inmate escaped the New Castle Correctional Facility. Maurice Melton was charged with aiding in the escape of an offender. The Indiana Department of Correction said Melton allowed the inmate to walk away from the facility by silencing an alarmed door. Officials said Melton also picked the inmate up after he got through the door and drove him to Indianapolis. Melton was employed by the Geo Group.

Former Prison Worker Looses Privacy Suit
The Salt Lake Tribune
Steve Gehrke
January 31, 2009
A former prison employee says her coworker would have never known about the $1,500 worth of calls she made from her personal phone to a paroled prisoner in Tonga if his wife hadn't worked at the phone company. U.S. District Judge Tena Campbell ruled the information was neither publicly disclosed nor highly offensive -- two standards that must be met under the invasion of privacy standard. Barker was working as a rehab specialist at the Gunnison Prison when she was placed on administrative leave in May 2006. She resigned two weeks later, after the Department of Corrections began investigating her long-distance calls and the nature of her relationship with former prisoners.

Official Inmates Riot again at West Texas Prison
The Associated Press
January 31, 2009

Authorities say more than 1,000 inmates are involved in the second prison riot in the past month at the privately run Reeves County Detention Center in West Texas. The GEO Group, based in Boca Raton, Florida runs the prison.

Prison Employee Sentenced to Prison for Having Sex with Inmate
January 30, 2009

A former prison secretary has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for having sex with an inmate she was supposed to be supervising. Janine Sligar was sentenced for sexual abuse of a ward. After serving her sentence, she will serve five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender.

Corrections Officer Charged in Jail Smuggling
John Valenti
January 30, 3009

A correction officer has been arrested and charged with smuggling drugs and cigarettes to inmates inside the Nassau County jail. The correction officer was one of four people charged in two separate probes into smuggling operations at the facility. Officials said drugs, cigarettes and a cell phone were among the items smuggled into the jail between December 2006 and August 2007. The officer was paid directly, in cash, as well as by the transferring of commissary funds to others who then wired payments to him, for smuggling marijuana, the painkiller OxyContin and cigarettes to inmates.

Correctional Officer Helped Inmate Escape, Officials Say
6 NEWS Indianapolis
January 30, 2009

A correctional officer was arrested Friday after an inmate escaped the New Castle Correctional Facility. Maurice Melton was charged with aiding in the escape of an offender. The Indiana Department of Correction said Melton allowed the inmate to walk away from the facility by silencing an alarmed door. Officials said Melton also picked the inmate up after he got through the door and drove him to Indianapolis. Melton was employed by the Geo Group.

Officer's Alleged Sexual Misconduct Results in Two More Suits Against WV DOC
The West Virginia Record
Lawrence Smith
January 29, 2009
Two more lawsuits have been filed against the state Division of Corrections alleging an officer at a Greenbrier County correctional facility sexually abused female inmates. On Jan. 5, Trisha N. Justice and Sylvia A. Amos filed separate lawsuits against Dave Masters. In their 10-count lawsuits, Justice and Amos make claims for, among other things, emotional distress, negligent supervision and constitutional violations. Specifically, they allege their 4th, 8th and 9th Amendment rights were violated by Masters' actions. Both are seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages plus costs and fees. Last year, half a dozen lawsuits were filed against WVDOC alleging sexual misconduct on Masters' behalf.

Appeals court backs female prisoners in abuse case
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel
January 28, 2009
The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of 10 female prisoners who were awarded $15.5 million in damages for sexual abuse by guards in the 1990s at Scott Correctional Facility. The Michigan Department of Corrections had appealed the 2008 verdict but the three-member appeals court said that various issues and arguments raised on appeal were “disingenuous," "fundamentally flawed" and "muddled.”

Prison Guard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmates
Jan. 28, 2009

Paul Vick is expected to be charged with misconduct in office and sexual assault of multiple inmates. Vick was arrested Monday after a five month long investigation by the Prison Warden. State prison officials would not talk about the case except to say Vick has been suspended without pay. The female inmates involved in the allegations have been moved to other prisons.

Court Upholds Firing of Two Prison Guards
The Monterey Herald
Larry Parsons
January 27, 2009

A state appeals court has upheld the firing of two correctional officers at Salinas Valley State Prison in the wake of a scandal over rogue guards, overturning a 2007 ruling by a Monterey County Superior Court judge. Martin and Sphar were among eight correctional officers who were fired in November 2003 in connection with the alleged beating of a restrained prisoner in an exercise yard at the Soledad prison. Corrections officials contend Martin and Sphar turned off a guard tower video camera used to record activity in the yard while other officers roughed up the prisoner. The case came on the heels of revelations about the "Green Wall," a group of rogue correctional officers who enforced a code of silence to cover up violence and other misconduct toward inmates.

FBI Joins Investigation after Prison Brawl
Daily Commercial
Benjamin Roode and Taylor Vernarsky
January 27, 2009

UPDATE: Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are looking into the disturbance, which saw prison guards shoot one of the inmates involved "to prevent possible loss of life," said Rita Teel, spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Prison's Southeast Region.

Former prison guard gets 4 months in sex case
Portland Press Herald
Trevor Maxwell 
January 26, 2009

A former state prison guard will serve four months in jail for having sex with inmates. Bradford Howard plead guilty to four counts of gross sexual assault. Prosecutors said he had sex with two female inmates last year while working as a guard at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. Superior Court Justice Roland Cole sentenced Howard to three years in prison, with all but four months suspended.

Staffers Fired Shots to Break up Florida Prison Brawl
Nick Valencia, Susan Candiotti and Terry Frieden
January 26, 2009

Staffers at the Coleman FCC fired shots to break up a large-scale fight that sent eight inmates to hospital emergency rooms Sunday afternoon. The fight broke out in the recreation yard of the  high-security facility. One inmate suffered a gunshot wound and the other seven were "stabbing/shooting victims." No prison staffers were seriously hurt in the incident, which the FBI is investigating. 

Man Accused of Sexual Abuse at Female Prison
KPTV Fox-12 Oregon
January 24, 2009

A man has been jailed on sex abuse charges after being accused of having sexual contact with inmates he was supervising. Paul Golden was a landscaper at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility where he supervised female prisoners. He was booked into jail on several charges, including counts of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct and supplying contraband to prisoners. If convicted he could face up to 12 years in prison. 

Hennepin County JV Center under Review After Riot
KSTP-TV Minneapolis 
January 23, 2009

Officials are reviewing security at the Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center after a juvenile, two teachers, and a staff member were attacked during what police describe as a riot inside the facility. Six teens allegedly rushed their 59-year-old teacher, and struck him on the back of his head before taking his jail keys and emergency phone. The six teens—all between 14 and 17-years-old—headed for a particular classroom in search of a specific 15-year-old boy.

TBI probes sex abuse allegations at Hickman County Jail
The Daily Herrald
Staff Reports
January 23, 2009
A Hickman County detective is on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an investigation of allegations he had sexual contact with an inmate at the county jail.

Correction Officers to Be Indicted Following Inmate Death
NY1 News
January 22, 2009

Three city correction officers are expected to be indicted today on charges in the death of a Rikers Island inmate. The guards are suspected of looking the other way as inmates beat Robinson to death. Several inmates will reportedly be charged with murder.

Former Sheriff Convicted of Sex Abuse
United Press International
January 18, 2009

A jury in Oklahoma has found former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess guilty of 13 felony sex charges. The jury Saturday recommended a punishment of 94 years and $15,000 in fines. Burgess was convicted of charges ranging from forcible oral sodomy and kidnapping to sexual battery and rape. Burgess will be sentenced on March 24, 2009.

Study: Prison Inmates have Insufficient Access to Healthcare
Ozarks First
January 16, 2009

Prison inmates in the U.S. have a higher rate of serious illnesses than that of the general population. They also have poor access to the healthcare they need. The study found that about 20 percent of sick inmates in state prisons and 14 percent in federal prisons have not seen a doctor since they were incarcerated. Access to medical care was the worst in local jails and best in federal prisons.

In mate Attacks Five ACI Prison Officers
January 16, 2009

An inmate at the ACI in Cranston assaulted a Lieutenant and four more officers Wednesday night. The suspect was transferred from a prison in Oregon and is doing time for several crimes, including a double murder.

Jail Guards were Abusive Inmates Say
The Telegraph
Andrew Wolfe
January 16, 2009

Three prison inmates claim they were beaten and two claim they were sexually assaulted by guards while incarcerated at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Women allege sexual harassment in Fulton Sheriff’s Office 
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Steve Visser 
January 14, 2009

Four women have sued the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office for a total of $8 million, saying the office has a culture of sexual harassment in which even ranking officers engage in verbal and physical harassment.

Ex-correctional officer pleads guilty
The Herald Mail
Erin Julius
January 15, 2009

A former Roxbury Correctional Institution officer plead guilty to possession of contraband with the intent to distribute it inside a place of confinement. The judge in the case sentenced the officer to 18 months in prison, then suspended the sentence and placed her on three years of unsupervised probation.

Former Guard Sentenced for Sex with Inmate
News Day
January 15, 2009

A former guard at the federal prison in Danbury was sentenced to 15 years in prison for having sex with a female inmate and plotting with her to kill his wife. Michael Rudkin was sentenced after having pleaded guilty last August to sexual abuse of a ward and attempted murder for hire. 
Rudkin and the inmate had a sexual relationship from October 2007 to January 2008. He promised to pay her $5,000 to arrange for his wife's murder.

Two Boys Accuse Dallas ISD Instructor of Molesting Them at County Jail 
The Dallas Morning News 
Jennifer Emily
January 14, 2009
At least two boys awaiting trial as adults say a Dallas Independent School District instructor repeatedly molested them at the Dallas County Jail while he was supposed to be teaching them. Luis Enrique de los Santos is charged with one count of sexual assault of a child, and authorities said additional charges will probably follow. The Dallas County Sheriff's Department contracted with DISD to provide instruction at the jail. The Sheriff's Department and the school district are investigating whether other children taught by de los Santos may have been molested.

Four in Richmond County Jails Found with Phones
Augusta Chronicle
Preston Sparks
January 9, 2009
Four more inmates have been found with cell phones while incarcerated in Richmond County, according to authorities. In all 16 inmates have been found with cell phones. Investigations are ongoing.

Assaulted Inmates Settle Suit with State
Anchorage Daily News
Lisa Demer
January 14, 2009

Two Alaska inmates sexually assaulted by other prisoners while in state custody have reached a $1.4 million settlement with the state Department of Corrections, according to their attorneys.  The civil lawsuit, which is under seal, concerns assaults that took place in a prison dorm over three days in September 2006. Two men have been convicted of first-degree assault in the matter. There are also other cases pending in Alaska-- two other suits involving physical abuse of inmates have been settled and that a third suit, alleging that a correctional officer sexually assaulted a female inmate, is pending. Additionally, in February 2008, an inmate at the Anchorage jail was charged with two dozen counts of sexual assault against a fellow prisoner.

Marion County Juvenile Center Worker Accused of Forcing Teen into Sex
Indianapolis Star
Vic Ryckaert
January 10, 2009
A youth manager at the Marion County Juvenile Detention Center is accused of forcing a 16-year-old inmate to perform a sex act on him on Christmas Eve. Michael A. Jackson was charged with felony counts of sexual misconduct and child seduction. Jackson is the first juvenile center employee to be arrested on sexual abuse allegations since a 2006 scandal. According to court records, Jackson demanded the boy perform oral sex in his office inside the center. The boy told investigators he tried to ignore Jackson but was afraid of him and agreed. Jackson told the boy not to tell anyone, but he approached him two days later to ask for sex again. On Dec. 25, the boy reported the incident to another staff member who relayed the allegations to her superiors Dec. 29.

Lawmakers Say TYC Contributed to Sexual Abuse
Houston Chronicle
Lisa Sandberg
January 9, 2009
Two lawmakers are accusing the Texas Youth Commission of contributing to the alleged sexual abuse last year of young inmates who were housed with peers known to be sex offenders. The agency is currently investigating the alleged sexual abuse of four youths by their peers in November and December at the Mart I Orientation and Assessment Unit, an intake facility outside Waco. The agency began drafting a "Safe Housing" policy last June, he said, but was not finished when the first sex abuse case was filed at Mart in November.

Jail Guard Accused of Sexually Assaulting Inmate
Omaha World Herald
January 9, 2009

A Gage County jail guard has been accused of sexually assaulting an inmate. Eugene Fiester was booked on suspicion of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Court records say a woman told her mother that she was sleeping in her cell Wednesday night when Fiester entered it and assaulted her. The guard previously worked for the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

TYC Investigators Looking into Sex Assaults at Waco Area Facility
Austin American Statesman
Mike Ward
January 9, 2009

Texas Youth Commission investigators are trying to determine why several incarcerated teenage boys who say they were sexually assaulted at a Waco-area lockup had been put in cells with other youths accused of sex crimes, officials confirmed Friday. Legislative leaders were told this week that five youth-on-youth sexual assaults had been reported at the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility in Mart, east of Waco. The agency's Safe Housing Policy is still awaiting approval despite earlier public assurances by Youth Commission officials that it was in place. 

Former youth worker charged with sex abuse
WZTV Fox Nashville
Associated Press
January 8, 2009

A former employee at a Louisville home for abused youths has been charged with sexually abusing two boys at the center.

Judge Orders Prison to Negotiate with Female Inmates
The Michigan Messenger
Eartha Jane Melzer 
January 8, 2009
A circuit court judge in Ann Arbor has ordered the state to enter into settlement negotiations with hundreds of women who claim that they were sexually assaulted while serving time in Michigan prisons. Deborah LaBelle, the attorney who represents the women in the case said that further verdicts against the state are likely if the cases continue to go to trial. She cited two recent cases that the state lost to her clients. In February 2008, an Ann Arbor jury awarded $15.4 million plus attorney’s fees and interest to 10 women who gave accounts of sexual abuse at Scott Correctional facility in Plymouth and in November 2008, another Ann Arbor jury ruled in favor of eight women who were assaulted and raped by guards at Crane Correctional facility in Coldwater. The litigation against the state has resulted in some improvements in prison conditions for women, LaBelle said. Male guards no longer patrol housing units for female prisoners and are no longer permitted to do body searches. But further changes are necessary, she said, because assaults are ongoing in the prison system. LaBelle said that her clients want increased supervision of prison staff and adequate investigation when woman claim harassment or assault. Female inmates also need better access to treatment, she said.

Maryland Shifting Some Inmates and Guards to Cut Costs
The Examiner
David Dishneau
January 7, 2009
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are consolidating some of its prerelease operations in an effort to reduce overtime costs. By concentrating inmates who are nearing release at fewer minimum-security facilities, the Department aims to free up correctional officers for transfer to medium- and maximum-security prisons with high overtime costs.

Former Oklahoma Sherriff on Trial in Jail Sex Case
The Associated Press
Tim Talley
January 6, 2009

Opening statements began Tuesday for the trial of a former sheriff accused of using his influence over jail inmates and drug court defendants to demand sex from the women. Former Custer County Sheriff Mike Burgess has pleaded not guilty to 36 charges of rape, rape by instrumentation, kidnapping, sexual battery and oral sodomy. The evidence against Burgess surfaced in a federal lawsuit filed on behalf of 12 former jail inmates alleging sheriff's employees had them engage in wet T-shirt contests and offered cigarettes to those who would flash their breasts. 

King County Reaches Deal with Feds on Improving Jail
The Seattle Times
Keith Irvin
January 6, 2009
The 2007 Justice Department letter concluded that inmates had been physically and sexually abused by guards, and that those instances were often poorly investigated, if at all. The agreement calls for the following changes: (1) corrections officers who conduct internal investigations would receive more training; (2) medical staff and corrections officers have begun sharing information at the end of each shift on the condition of inmates with psychiatric disorders; (3) an electronic medical-records system is being introduced; (4) new cleaning procedures are intended to slow the spread of disease; (5) jail staff will get more training in recognizing suicide risks, and daily assessments will be made of inmates on suicide watches. Three monitors, appointed by both parties, will follow the county's progress.

Two Jailers Arrested in Twiggs County Sex Scandal
Courier Herald
Jason Hobbs
January 5, 2009

Two jailers were arrested on New Year’s Eve in connection with a jail sex case at the Twiggs County Law Enforcement Center. The sheriff fired two of his jailers who confessed they had been sexually involved with a female inmate on at least two occasions between November 15, 2008 and December 24, 2008. The inmate reported that she had consensual sex with both officers while they were working shifts in the jail in exchange for cigarettes. Both officers had been with the jail for less than six months and completed the required CO training. They have both been charged with Violation of Oath of Office, which could carry a 1-5 year sentence if convicted, along with sexual assault against a person in custody, which could carry a 30 year sentence if convicted.

Stakes were high as prisoners' rape trial finally began
Detroit Free Press
Jeff Seidel
anuary 5, 2009
The Department of Corrections had fought this case arguing variously that the statute of limitations had expired on the women's claims; that it should not be considered a class-action; that the hundreds of women in the suit should have their trials held separately; that prisoners don't have the same rights as normal citizens. The appeals went all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Women’s’ Jailers Accused of Sexual Misconduct
NBC San Diego
January 5, 2009
A pair of lawsuits that will be heard in federal court in San Diego allege that guards in Imperial County abused their positions of power to garner sexual favors. A hearing on the case is set of Jan. 20. Former guard James Ray Morris pleaded guilty last year to having sex with inmates.



May 2010

Custer County settles with sexually abused former inmates for $10 million 
The Oklahoman
By Ron Jackson
May 11, 2010

Custer County commissioners reached a $10 million settlement Monday in a 2007 federal lawsuit over sexual abuse of 14 female inmates by former sheriff Mike Burgess and some deputies. Custer County taxpayers will ultimately pay for the $10 million settlement through property taxes. Burgess, 57, is serving 79 years in prison. He was convicted in January 2009 of 13 felony charges related to female inmates and drug court participants, including kidnapping, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and rape. For more information on this article click here.

April 2010

Prisoners on Trial for Sex Abuse of Inmate
Charleston Daily Mail
Cheryl Caswell
April 28, 2010
Two inmates at South Central Regional Jail are on trial for the sexual assault of a female prisoner. Brandon Cantrell and Christopher Rader were indicted by a grand on charges of sexual abuse and sexual assault of a female inmate in September 2007. Even though male and female inmates aren't supposed to be together, a correctional officer escorted the alleged victim to a recreation yard and Cantrell and Rader were brought to the area later. For more information on this article click here.

Ex-Texas Youth Prison Official Guilty of Abuse
Associated Press
Alicia Caldwell
April 22, 2010

UPDATE: A former Texas youth prison administrator was found guilty Thursday of sexually abusing a teenage inmate more than five years ago in a case that ignited a statewide scandal over the treatment of young offenders. Ray Edward Brookins was convicted of two counts each of having an improper sexual activity with a person in custody and having an improper relationship between an educator and student. Brookins could face up to 20 years in state prison.For more information on this article click here.

Minn deputy accused of sexual abuse
The Associated Press
April 2, 2010

A Stearns County sheriff's deputy is accused of sexually abusing three teenagers. Deputy Phillip Meemken was charged Friday with 21 counts, including 18 counts of criminal sexual conduct. Meemken headed the Stearns County Police Explorer Program, which involves young people in law enforcement. Some of the alleged victims were part of that program. He was placed on paid administrative leave last December when the allegations were reported but is now being held in the county jail. For more information on this article click here.

Transgender inmates freed from hormone lockdown: A Wisconsin law banning gender therapy is overturned
Sade Doyle
April 2, 2010
A Wisconsin law banning transgender inmates from receiving taxpayer-funded hormone therapy in prison has been struck down. The ruling represents a substantial victory for the five transgender women who pressed the case, and for transgender inmates in general.  Citing the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, advocates say the hard and fast rules that are used to classify transgender inmates often subject them to greater danger. For more information on this article click here.

March 2010

Corrections Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Sex Abuse of Female Inmate
March 1, 2010
A Louisville Metro Corrections officer accused of having sex with an inmate appeared before a judge Monday morning and entered a plea of not guilty. Officer James Mikesell is charged with tampering with physical evidence, sexual assault and official misconduct. The charges stem from what has been described as an "inappropriate relationship" with a female inmate.  Mikesell is on unpaid leave from Metro Corrections. For more information on this article click here.

February 2010

AU Professor Testifies On Sex Abuse
Peter Granitz
February 24, 2010
An American University law professor testified before a House panel about sexual abuse at the Oak Hill Youth Center, D.C.'s juvenile detention facility that closed last year.  Eleven percent of the juveniles who stayed at Oak Hill reported some form of sexual abuse. Professor Brenda Smith, who is also a member of the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission, says that number could actually be significantly higher because kids do not always report every incident.  Smith says she's been reaching out to District leaders to create an outreach program that would teach children about prison sexual abuse.  Smith urged the congressional panel to enact the commission's standards on detecting or preventing abuse. For more information on this article click here.

Former prison guard ordered to pay $1.5 Million to rape victim
ABC News 4 Salt Lake City
February 24, 2010

A former prison guard convicted of raping an inmate has been ordered to pay $1.5 Million. According to the Salt Lake Tribune, a US District Judge said the amount is designed to both compensate the victim, and to make all Corrections Officers think twice about how they treat inmates.  Louis Poleate, who also served five years in prison for the rape has also been ordered to pay the victim's attorney fees. For more information on this article click here

Georgetown County Detention Officer Investigated for Sex with Inmates
WCBD- TV News Channel 2
February 16, 2010

The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office says the investigation into a correctional officer’s alleged sexual relationship with inmates is complete. The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office fired correctional officer, Bevlin Lee Sherrill in December 2009 after Georgetown County Detention Center officials discovered a letter from Sherill to a female inmate. The GCSO says the letter provided evidence of a relationship. For more information on this article click here.

8th Circuit: Sheriff Not Liable For Sexual Assault Committed By Deputy
KATV News 7
February 11, 2010
A sheriff’s failure to train a deputy not to sexually assault detainees is not sufficient to hold the sheriff liable for an assault committed by the deputy, a federal appeals court ruled today.  The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a U.S. District judge’s ruling that Hot Spring County Sheriff Ron Ball was liable for then-deputy Stephen Fite’s assault of a woman he arrested. For more information on this article click here.

Two Female Prison Inmates Sue Maine over Sex
The Boston Herald
Associated Press
February 3, 2010
Two woman who had sex with correctional officers at a Maine prison are suing the state and a number of correctional officers. Just over a year ago a former officer at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham was sentenced to four months in jail for having sex with two inmates and another officer pleaded guilty to charges that he did not report the incidents. On Tuesday the two women sued the correctional center, two sergeants and three top corrections department officials. They are seeking unspecified damages. The complaint accuses the former officers of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and violations of the Maine Civil Rights Act. For more information on this article click here.

Jury Alleges Criminal Conduct occurred at County Jail
Martinsville Bulletin
Amanda Buck
February 3, 2010

“Unprofessional and criminal conduct” in the Henry County Jail during the last five years ranged from smuggled contraband to inappropriate sexual contact between male officers and female inmates, alleges the report of a special grand jury charged with investigating the matter. The grand jury alleges in its report “that during the last five years there have been repeated instances of unprofessional and criminal conduct by certain members of the Henry County Sheriff’s Department with regards to the Henry County Jail.” In addition to allegations of wrongdoing in the jail, the grand jury said the sheriff’s office administration did not respond adequately to the discovery of problems. For more information on this article click here.

January 2010

JLARC Faults Study of Sexual Abuse of Juvenile Offenders
Richmond Times Disbatch
Frank Green
January 30, 2010
The General Assembly's watchdog agency yesterday challenged a federal study on sexual abuse in juvenile correctional centers in Virginia and across the country. This month, the Virginia Senate Finance Committee asked the state's Joint Legislative Audit Review Commission to review the study by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics. Officials with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice were stung that two of its four facilities included in the report -- the Culpeper and Bon Air juvenile correctional centers -- ranked among the 13 said to have the highest rates of victimization in the country. JLARC's report, presented to the Finance Subcommittee on Public Safety yesterday, concluded that "there may be sexual activity occurring in [Virginia's juvenile] facilities, but the BJS report falls short of accurately describing its extent." For more information on this article click here.

4 Charged with Misconduct at Indiana Juvenile Center
Chicago Tribune
The Associated Press
January 29, 2010
Four female workers at a central Indiana juvenile detention center have been charged with exchanging explicit photos or engaging in sex acts with an 18-year-old male inmate. A state prison system spokesman says the investigation began when Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility authorities found the teen with a smuggled cell phone.  The four women have been fired. One woman worked in the laundry, another was a contract food services worker and two were correctional officers. All four face official misconduct charges. Two also are charged with sexual misconduct with a detainee for performing a sex act on the teen. For more information on this article click here.

Women Charged in Prison Sex Scandal
The Star Press
January 29, 2010

A Henry County woman has been accused of having sex with a teenage inmate at the Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility. Carol D. Durant, a former laundry services worker at the facility, was charged this week with sexual misconduct by a service provider with a detainee, a Class C felony carrying a standard four-year prison term, and official misconduct, a Class D felony with a standard 18-month prison term. Melissa D. Pfleeger faces the same charges as Durant. Two other now-former employees at the facility have also been charged with improper conduct involving the same inmate. All of the defendants are accused of sending graphic images of themselves to a cell phone that was smuggled to the teen. For more information on this article click here.

Allegheny County Jail Guard Suspended in Alleged Sex Assault
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Michael Hasch
January 8, 2010

An Allegheny County Jail guard was suspended after he was arrested Thursday on charges of sexually assaulting a female inmate. Charles L. Walker was arraigned in Night Court on charges of institutional sexual assault and related crimes for an incident that occurred Dec. 27 at the Downtown lockup. Walker acknowledged a sexual encounter with the woman but denied some of her charges, he insists that she initiated the sex. For more information on this article click here.

Justice study tracks rape, sexual abuse of juvenile inmates
Washington Post 
Carrie Johnson
January 8, 2010

The Justice Department reported Thursday that 12 percent of incarcerated juveniles, or more than 3,200 young people, had been raped or sexually abused in the past year by fellow inmates or prison staff, quantifying for the first time a problem that has long troubled lawmakers and human rights advocates.  The report, based on surveys from 195 facilities in all 50 states and the District, is the first of its kind. Rates varied among the institutions, but at 13 detention facilities, nearly one out of three juveniles said they had been victims of some type of sexual abuse. For more information on this article click here.

Report Sex abuse high at 13 juvenile centers
The Associated Press covered by The Washington Post, The Houston Chronicle and others
Devlin Barrett and Dena Potter
January 7, 2010 
Nearly one out of every three youths at 13 juvenile detention facilities have reported some type of sexual victimization, according to a government study issued Thursday that found widespread reports of youth sex abuse at correctional centers.  Nationwide about 12 percent of youths held in state-run, privately run, or local facilities reported some type of sexual victimization, the Justice Department found in the first report of its kind. For more information on this article click here.

Survey More than 1 in 10 youth inmates say they were sexually abused
January 7, 2010
More than one in 10 juvenile detainees in major U.S. facilities say they experienced some form of sexual abuse or sexual victimization while in detention, according to a report Thursday by the Department of Justice. The report's major finding is only an estimate, due to the inability to verify the information collected through questionnaires. Still, the estimated 12 percent of more than 26,000 detained juveniles reporting sexual victimization by other detainees or staff members brought a pledge of steps to address the issue. For more information on this article click here.



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