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
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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.

Conflicting reports

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.

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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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