Indiana female inmates claim they were raped after being bribed by a guard: NPR

A group of male inmates at an Indiana prison were given keys to female inmates’ cells and allowed to sexually and verbally assault the women, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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A group of male inmates at an Indiana prison were given keys to female inmates’ cells and allowed to sexually and verbally assault the women, a federal lawsuit alleges.

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Several women held at a prison in southern Indiana have filed a federal lawsuit against corrections officers there, alleging they allowed a group of men in custody to rape, assault, threaten and harass women.

The eight women listed as plaintiffs say Clark County Jail Officer David Lowe gave the men keys to the women’s cells for $1,000 on the night of Oct. 23, 2021.

“A few According to the lawsuit filed Monday, the detained men were said to have been in the women’s pods for more than two hours until the morning of Oct. 24.

During those hours, the men covered their faces while verbally and sexually harassing the women and threatening to harm them if they pressed the emergency call button, the suit says. They will bring more.

The report states that at least two women were raped.

The plaintiffs were injured and suffered severe physical injuries
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, is permanent, suffering, shock, severe emotional distress and humiliation.

Lowe was arrested on Oct. 25 on a felony charge of aiding, abetting or fleeing. one count of official misconduct; And according to this complaint, a case of smuggling with a prisoner.

He was fired immediately, Clark County Sheriff’s Attorney Larry Wilder said.

The sheriff blames a “rogue corrections officer.”

In a statement to NPR, Wilder said: “The events of October 23rd were the result of the unforeseeable criminal actions of a rogue correctional officer. The individual chose to abandon his training, morals and ethics and made a unilateral decision to mortgage. His career and future by allowing to the prisoners to access the keys to the prison.”

The suit also alleges that despite surveillance cameras showing the men gaining access to the women’s cell area, no on-duty officers intervened during the incident.

The complaint states that the officers punished the women instead of helping them. The officers apparently overruled the women “The Privileges of Darkness” locked them in with the lights on for 72 hours and confiscated their pillows, blankets and personal hygiene items.

In addition, the missing keys were never found and the locks on the cells were not changed, causing the women to fear for their safety.

Wilder said jail staff learned of the incident the next morning from an attorney for one of the women detained at the Clark County Jail.

An investigation was immediately launched, in which security footage was reviewed and corrections officers, arrested men and interviews were conducted. More than 40 women are incarcerated at the facility, Wilder said.

After Lowe’s arrest, the sheriff’s detective division continued its investigation and found that “these interviews yielded information that directly contradicts the allegations made in the civil lawsuit,” Wilder said.

He added that “The investigation appears to indicate that there was a systematic plan by those who were imprisoned that night to develop a narrative that forms the centerpiece of the claims in the civil case.”

This petition also holds the police station responsible for this incident

Clark County Sheriff Jimmy Noel is also listed as a defendant.

“The violation of plaintiffs’ constitutional rights was not only the result of a bad actor named Lowe, but also a systemic failure on the part of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office to properly staff the jail and train jail officers. Supervise prison officers to ensure that they maintain adequate security in the prison.”

The women are seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as a jury trial.

Wilder said the Clark County Sheriff’s Department is taking the allegations seriously and is continuing to investigate, while making physical changes to the facility and reviewing current procedures.

“This investigation is not over and the sheriff is committed [ensuring] That nothing is this big or wide [ever] “However, the Sheriff’s Office is equally committed to exposing the wrongdoing by those attempting to profit financially from David Lowe’s crimes,” Wilder said.

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