An inmate doing time at an Oklahoma prison says he was forced to have sex with a female case manager “50 to 100 times” beginning in January 2010, a lawsuit filed by the prisoner's attorney claims.
The suit, filed Aug. 13 against the state Corrections Department, claims Kasey McDonald also provided the inmate with cellphones and marijuana to sell behind prison walls while she was working as his case manager.
Filed by inmate Philip Thomas Burris Jr., the lawsuit is second such action taken against the Corrections Department in the past month.
In July, a group of women filed a lawsuit against the agency and numerous others, claiming they had been systematically abused by guards for years and that prison administrators did little to nothing to stop it.
McDonald, 38, was charged in June 2012 with second-degree rape and bringing contraband into a prison. Her criminal case is pending.
In Oklahoma, having sex with an inmate — consensual or not — is considered rape.
Court documents filed along with her criminal case reveal that McDonald and Burris, 25, had sex in her office — as well as the one next to hers — on multiple occasions.
Records filed in criminal court indicate that Burris told investigators he had sex with his former case manager 30 to 40 times, but the inmate's attorney wrote in the civil petition that the two had “non-consensual” sex between 50 and 100 separate times.
McDonald reportedly admitted to investigators that she had sex with Burris but denied bringing contraband of any kind into the prison in Lexington.
In addition to the Corrections Department, the lawsuit filed by Burris' attorney also lists McDonald, agency Director Justin Jones and Mike Addison, warden of Joseph Harp Correctional Center, as defendants.
Burris has been behind bars since he was 18. Records show he has convictions out of Ottawa County for attempted armed robbery, possession of a firearm after prior felony convictions and stealing cars.
Since McDonald's arrest and termination from the state prison system, Burris has been moved to the Mack Alford Correctional Center in Stringtown.
Prison records show that Burris has two swastikas tattooed on his body, one on his abdomen and one on his chest that features lighting bolts.
McDonald, who was arrested after a woman who was friends with Burris turned over secret cellphone recordings to investigators, has since been terminated by the Corrections Department.
‘These things happen'
The alleged relationship between McDonald and Burris isn't an isolated incident at Joseph Harp Correctional Center.
The charges against the former case manager mark the fifth time since 2008 an employee of one of the Lexington correctional centers has been charged with raping an inmate.
Jerry Massie, spokesman for the Corrections Department, has said reports of prison employees engaging in sexual relationships with inmates are relatively rare, usually no more than four or five a year.
“These things happen,” Massie said. “I would say every prison system in the country has to deal with this problem.”
Burris initially filed his lawsuit in Cleveland County District Court but the case was moved to federal court about six months later.