Female inmates described a “night of terror” being attacked and sexually assaulted by male prisoners that occurred when an officer sold a key to a male prisoner to the women’s wing of the prison.
According to the women, former jail officer David Lowe handed the key over to male inmates for the price of $1,000.
A lawsuit was just filed in relation to the incident that began on the evening of October 23, 2021 and continued into the early morning the following day “resulting in significant physical and emotional injuries.”
“Amazingly, even though there were surveillance cameras positioned in locations that showed the male detainees accessing the woman’s Pods, and even though the incident involved multiple male detainees and dozens of victims over an extended period of time, not a single jail officer on duty that night came to the of Plaintiffs and the other victims,” the lawsuit alleges.
Law&Crime were told via a phone call with Attorney William McCall that the incident remained unknown until one woman complained about it and was promptly moved to another jail. This same woman became pregnant as a result of the rape and later miscarried.
“The men repeatedly threatened to sexually assault the women,” according to the lawsuits.
“It was literally two of the worst hours of their lives,” said Steve Wagner, an attorney for the eight women who filed suit this week.
The lawsuit states that two women reported being raped and others were groped and harassed. Women allegedly suffered “bleeding, vaginal tears, and genital herpes.”
A growing total of 28 women say they were victim to an assault INSIDE the Clark county jail after an officer allegedly sold keys to male inmates. https://t.co/fZXCi2WYhF
— Tom Lally (@tomlallyky) July 27, 2022
More details of this horrific incident from The Daily Wire:
Despite screams for help, no guards came to the aid of the female prisoners during the hours-long attack, according to the lawsuits. Instead, guards allegedly put the women on lockdown and left the jail lights on for 72 hours.
“These females were doing everything they could to alert the jail staff. They were pounding on the door for help. They were hitting the buzzer on the inside of the pod in order to alert jail staff,” attorney Bart Betteau told 13WTHR.
Guards also seized “authorized personal property from the women such as pillows, blankets, and personal hygiene items without any legitimate security reason,” according to the lawsuits.
The lawsuit filed this week accused Lowe of giving inmates access to the women and being “deliberately indifferent” to the “substantial risk” they faced.
Other jail officers failed in their duty to protect female inmates and never intervened to stop the attacks, according to the lawsuits.
Lowe was summarily fired and charged with trafficking with an inmate, felony official misconduct, and aiding escape. Clark County Sheriff Jamey Noel is also named in both lawsuits, which accuse him of not providing proper training for the guards.
“These systemic failures allowed numerous male assailants to have free run of the jail for several hours, resulting in a night of terror for the Plaintiffs and other victims,” lawyers for the women declared.
Clark County is in the southern portion of the Hoosier state, directly across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.
Sources: TheDailyWire, 13WTHR, NYpost, Law & Crime