Hawaii lawsuit alleges abuse at Otter Creek

October 07, 2009 | | Comments 0

FRANKFORT — A Hawaii woman who was sexually assaulted while an inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright is suing Corrections Corporation of America and Hawaii state officials.

In a lawsuit filed Monday in state court in Hawaii, the woman says the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corporation of America knew there were allegations of sexual abuse at the Kentucky facility but took no action to prevent future incidents.

The woman was sexually assaulted on Oct. 17, 2007, by former staffer Darren Green, who was later convicted of second-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. 

Myles Breiner, a Hawaii lawyer who represents the Hawaii woman, said he expects more lawsuits against Hawaii and possibly Kentucky officials to be filed soon by former and current inmates at the all-female prison.

Hawaii recently pulled its female inmates from Otter Creek after about a half dozen former staff were charged with improper sexual relationships with inmates there. Kentucky still houses more than 400 woman at the prison.

Kentucky officials have asked Corrections Corporation of America to change some of its procedures to ensure the safety of inmates as part of its contract with the state.

Meanwhile, investigations into sexual assaults at Otter Creek by Kentucky State Police continue. Kentucky State Police Trooper Mike Goble said police are still investigating an alleged sexual assault of a female inmate. That case will likely be sent to the Floyd County grand jury, Goble said Wednesday.

— Beth Musgrave

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