A convicted child molester who was raped while held in the Garfield County Jail in Pomeroy, Washington is suing the county.
In a complaint filed Tuesday in Walla Walla Superior Court, the man says he now suffers from anxiety and nightmares. The plaintiff claims that the county failed to protect him from multiple forcible intrusions on his body beginning August 20, 2011.
“People who are incarcerated are extremely vulnerable. Prison rape and jail rape are huge problem,” said Lee Rousso, the plaintiff’s attorney in an interview Wednesday. “From my perspective these are extremely serious allegations, and I hope that Garfield County will take them seriously.”
The man, who has not been named, was jailed in August 2011 after he was convicted of raping a child. While he was in the custody of Garfield County Jail, he was raped three times by cellmate John Markwell, who was convicted of the attacks on May 9, 2012.
County prosecutor Matt Newberg said the case would be defended by the county’s insurance provider. He told the Union-Bulletin that he is unaware of any policy changes following the attacks.
We sincerely hope two thing happen. First, we want to see him win–and win big. No one, no matter what they have done, deserves to be a victim of sexual assault. Secondly, we would like to see his victim take every cent he has from him–because while this man may suffer psychologically from his attack, his victim (or victims) is suffering as well–perhaps to a much larger degree.