Second inmate accuses Lexington FMC officer of sexual assault
For the second time in barely a week, an inmate has accused a Lexington Federal Medical Center employee of sexual assault.
According to The Lexington Herald-Leader, the lawsuit accuses Hosea Lee, a drug abuse program instructor at Kentucky Prison, of raping a female inmate. That complaint comes just days after another inmate said she was sexually assaulted by Lexington security guard Christopher Brian Goodwin.
So far, the federal prison office has not commented on the pending litigation.
The latest lawsuit alleges that Lee paid special attention to her during a drug abuse program he taught in prison.
Lee then went out to sexually abuse the unidentified woman and raped her at least three times. In her complaint, Jane Doe’s plaintiff stated that she never consented to the sexual conduct. And under federal law, the relationship could not be consensual under any circumstances, as the Bureau of Prisons prohibits inmates and guards from maintaining close relationships with one another.
The Herald-Leader notes that the woman says she did not report the assaults because she feared she would take retaliatory measures.
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However, she began to experience extreme stress and turned to the prescription drug Suboxone, which resulted in her failing a drug test. She could not be released early and was taken to the federal prison camp in Alderson, West Virginia.
Lee, says the Herald Leader, is no longer employed, but with the Bureau of Prisons.
However, the agency would not say whether Lee voluntarily vacated his position or was fired.
“We can announce that the Bureau of Prisons is committed to ensuring the safety of all inmates of our population, our employees and the public,” said Scott Taylor, spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons, in a statement. “The humane treatment of the men and women in our care has top priority. Allegations of misconduct will be thoroughly investigated and appropriate action will be taken if such allegations prove true, including the possibility of referral for prosecution if appropriate. “
David Bryant, one of several lawyers representing the two women, said he and his colleagues intend to hold the prison office responsible for failing to protect its female inmates.
“Sexual misconduct in our nation’s prisons is not limited to one bad actor or any particular facility,” said Bryant. “Female inmates are particularly vulnerable to sexual abuse, as evidenced by the complaints filed by LC and BA. We intend to hold these bad actors responsible for the harm they have caused.”
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