Inmate sues Balto. Co. for $200,000 over alleged rape in jail

July 26, 1996|By Elaine Tassy | Elaine Tassy,SUN STAFF

A 23-year-old prison inmate filed a $200,000 suit against Baltimore County yesterday, alleging that he was raped by a cellmate in the County Detention Center and that authorities had failed to provide adequate protection.

The inmate was jailed in December on battery and theft charges, said Maxine Eldridge, a prison system spokeswoman.

Within days of his arrival, according to the lawsuit filed in the county Circuit Court, the inmate told a corrections officer that he had been threatened by several other prisoners and as a result he was placed in protective custody.

But a day later, he was put back in the general population -- in the cell of a male inmate who began to "pressure him for sex," according the complaint. Twice, the inmate asked if he could be moved to another cell, but the request was denied, and on Jan. he was raped by the cellmate, the suit says.

The inmate, who was convicted on the charges, was given an 18-month sentence in the county District Court on Jan. 18. He was then transferred to a state prison.

His suit alleges that the county failed to protect him from "known dangers."

Pub Date: 7/26/96

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