Detention officers working at the Comanche County jail routinely rape, assault and sexually abuse female inmates serving time at the lockup in Lawton, a lawsuit filed by several of the women alleges.
The suit, filed last week in federal court, paints a picture of the jail as a haven for rape and other sexually degrading practices.
Fourteen women, many of them with lengthy criminal records, are listed as plaintiffs in the lawsuit.
In Comanche County, the jail is run by a private company, not the sheriff's office. Attempts to reach the jail's administrators and county commissioners were not successful.
Attorneys for the women are seeking an unspecified amount of money.
The lawyers say their clients' civil rights were violated due to the repeated sexual assaults the women endured while behind bars.
According to the lawsuit, several guards and other jail employees abused the women over a protracted period of time.
The suit claims women were watched by jail staff as they changed clothes in their cells and showered.
The time frame of the accusations spans from late 2010 to just a few weeks ago, court records show.
Among the claims
Nachea “Cleo” Hill, 39, who served time at the Comanche County jail in 2011, claimed in the suit that a former guard requested oral sex “in exchange for a food tray' at one point.
“This caused Ms. Hill to avoid eating during the duration of her incarceration in fear of sexual advances,” the lawsuit states.
Barbara Horton, 49, claims to have been sexually assaulted before spending even one night in the jail.
“Ms. Horton was asked by a female guard to bend over during her booking,” the suit states. “At that time a male guard began to sodomize her under the guise of a cavity search.”
Another inmate, 57-year-old Rosemary Queton, claims to have been violated in the booking area of the jail.
She said guards — male and female — told her to bend over during the intake process.
“While in this position, female guards, jailers and/or officers took photographs, including close up photos of her private areas,” the lawsuit states. “These photographs were shared with male guards, jailers, officers and jail trusties who later taunted and sexually harassed her about the photographs.”
Other women claim they were made to walk to the jail's showers naked and, in one instance, one of the facility's staff made an inappropriate request to an inmate after she arrived at the jail.
Dana Griggs, 43, was told by a particular guard that he thought “she was cute.” Some time after that, two jail trusties brought Griggs a razor.
“Ms. Griggs was forced to shave her privates after being told ‘the guard likes it that way,'” the suit states. “Ms. Griggs suffered repeated rapes and sodomy.”
Several guards are named in the lawsuit, while some are referred to as John Doe.
One guard named in the suit, a former Army sergeant named Lamont Rainwater, is now deceased. Rainwater died under mysterious circumstances in July 2011 after leading an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper on a high-speed chase near Vinita.
At the time of his death, Rainwater's wife said the family was looking to relocate to the area, somewhere between Tulsa and Joplin, Mo.
Rainwater, who served in the Army for 20 years, had left the Army shortly before his death. His last post was that of squad leader within the Warrior Transition Unit, which provides support for injured soldiers who require lengthy recovery times.
The lawsuit against Rainwater, the Comanche County Facilities Authority and several other guards and jailers is pending in federal court.