Court rejects civil rights claim by former inmate

Published: December 20, 2013
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has rejected a civil claim from a former Logan County Jail inmate who alleged her constitutional rights were violated when two jailers had sex with her.

In a ruling Friday by a three-judge panel of the Denver-based U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the court upheld a lower court's ruling in favor of the defendants on the grounds that the sexual acts were consensual.

While the court acknowledged the need to examine consent carefully in the prison context, it noted in this case there was “overwhelming evidence of consent.”

Court records indicate the two guards admitted to having sex with the inmate, were fired immediately and charged in criminal court.

A telephone message left with the Logan County sheriff was not immediately returned.


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