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Another former jail inmate reports sexual abuse in Delaware County

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation continues its inquiry into to the county jail sex scandal under the former sheriff. The report will be turned over to special prosecutor Brian Hermanson.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: January 4, 2013
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Another former female inmate has come forward with accusations of sexual misconduct in the Delaware County jail, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reported Friday.

The woman came forward after the multimillion dollar civil rights lawsuit was settled in November 2011, OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said.

“She claimed a male and female jailer acted inappropriate to her,” Brown said.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Department was hit with a $13.5 million judgment after 15 former female inmates filed a federal civil rights lawsuit accusing former Sheriff Jay Blackfox of ignoring their complaints of sexual abuse. Blackfox was not accused of any sexual misconduct and denied any wrongdoing.

The OSBI investigation is ongoing and investigators will hand over their report to special prosecutor Brian Hermanson when their work is completed, Brown said.

Lonnie Hunter, the former jail administrator, and Bill Sanders Sr., a volunteer deputy, were at the center of the multimillion lawsuit. Hunter was fired in November 2011. He does not have a listed telephone number could not be reached for comment. Sanders died in November 2008.

Hermanson asked the OSBI in February to expand its investigations after other names surfaced. Telephone calls to Hermanson, who is the district attorney for Kay and Noble counties, were not returned.

Sheriff Harlan Moore said he wasn't aware of the new allegation. Moore said since taking over the post in October he has been working on a comprehensive policy and procedures manual to prevent similar problems in the future.

Delaware County voters approved a 17-year, half-cent sales tax to pay off the judgment.

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