Inmate forced to have non-consensual sex '50 to 100 times,' suit claims

An inmate doing time at an Oklahoma prison said 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.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: August 25, 2013 at 10:00 am •  Published: August 25, 2013

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.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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