Child Molester Sues County Over Being Raped By Cellmate In Jail
A child molester in Washington who is serving a 10-year sentence is suing the county after alleging he was raped while held in the Garfield County Jail in Pomeroy.
The complaint filed Tuesday in Walla Walla Superior Court says the man suffers anxiety and nightmares. He’s seeking an amount of money that would be determined at a trial in the civil rights lawsuit, KOMO News reports.
The Union-Bulletin reports that the man was jailed in August 2011 for investigation of child rape when he was raped three times by cellmate John Markwell.
“People who are incarcerated are extremely vulnerable. Prison rape and jail rape are huge problem,” Lee Rousso, the plaintiff’s attorney, said in an interview on Wednesday. “From my perspective these are extremely serious allegations, and I hope that Garfield County will take them seriously.”
Markwell was convicted by a jury and, as a persistent offender with a history of violent sex crimes. He is serving a life sentence at the Washington State Penitentiary.
The plaintiff pleaded guilty to the rape of a child and molestation charges and is serving a 10-year sentence at the Monroe Correctional Center.
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