Woman’s suit alleges rape by Warren Co. jailers, medicine withheld

Associated Press - and WLWT-TV

CINCINNATI (AP) — A woman suing staff from the Warren County Jail in Lebanon alleges that corrections officers raped her and that nurses withheld her medicine for epilepsy, leaving her with debilitating seizures for days while in custody.

Warren County Chief Deputy Barry Riley says the office’s decision not to comment on the pending legal matter shouldn’t be taken as an indication that there is any truth to the allegations.

The federal lawsuit filed in Cincinnati by the now 38-year-old woman alleges that county jailers raped her in 2013 after she turned herself in on an old warrant for a drug-related charge. It alleges that one attack was so forceful it broke her shoulder bone.

“Inmates have the right to medical care,” attorney Jennifer Branch, who filed the suit, told WLWT-TV. “Inmates have the right to be free from assault, including sexual assault, and inmates are to be treated by the corrections officer and medical staff professionally.”

Branch’s client turned herself in based “on a four-year old warrant for deception to obtain drugs,” according to the lawsuit. She was admitted on May 3, 2013, and brought her anti-seizure medication with her.

“She was taking medications and actually brought one of her prescriptions with her to the jail but they would not provide her with that medication,” Branch told WLWT.

For more on the case, including WLWT video, visit www.wlwt.com/article/emily-wood-late-pkg-yndxljgh/8656947.


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