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Lawsuit accuses Comanche County jailers of raping, abusing female inmates

by Andrew Knittle Published: March 27, 2013
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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.

Mysterious death

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.

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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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