Twenty-eight female prisoners at an Indiana jail claim in two federal lawsuits that they were subjected to a “night of terror” after they were attacked and sexually assaulted by male inmates who had allegedly bought a key to the women’s wing from one of the jailers for $1,000.
The ordeal at the Clark County jail allegedly began early on Oct. 24, 2021, and continued over the course of several hours, during which the women were “raped, assaulted, harassed, threatened and intimidated,” according to the most recent lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. District Court of Southern Indiana.
It was filed on behalf of eight of the women, all identified as Jane Doe, against Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel, now-former corrections officer David Lowe, and several “unknown” officers at the jail in Jeffersonville, Indiana.
A previous lawsuit had been filed earlier in June on behalf of 20 other female inmates, alleging that Noel and the jail guards violated the women’s civil rights by either intentionally or negligently allowing the male inmates to gain access to their pods and not coming to their aid.
“Amazingly, even though there were surveillance cameras positioned in locations that showed the male detainees accessing the women’s Pods, and even though the incident involved multiple mail (sic) detainees and dozens of victims over an extended period of time, not a single jail officer on duty that night came to the aid of the Plaintiffs and the other victims,” the complaint states.
Afterward, the female inmates contend in the lawsuit, “rather than support the victims who were subject to sexual assault and abuse, Jail officials punished the women after the incident” by subjecting them to lockdowns, confiscating their property, and by keeping the lights on for 72 hours straight.
They also didn’t change the locks to the pod, even though the keys were still missing, the suits state.
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SOURCE: NBC News, Phil Helsel, Maya Brown and Corky Siemaszko