Lawsuit accuses wardens of allowing sexual assaults at Oklahoma women's prison

by Andrew Knittle Modified: July 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm •  Published: July 27, 2013
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Lawyers for the women wrote in a petition that Baker, Juber and Dildine would make up reasons to remove the prisoners from their cells, including fictitious appointments to see the prison nurse or under the guise of doing some kind of labor.

The three men are accused of offering the women “preferential treatment” in exchange for keeping quiet about the alleged assaults.

Baker also is accused of telling one inmate she would not be able to see her children if she told anybody about his sexual contact with her.

Dildine is accused of sexually assaulting one female inmate in a secure area known as the “bubble” at Mabel Bassett. The alleged assault took place in “August or September of 2012,” court records show.

“Dildine had coordinated this act with Baker, who was working with Dildine on the same shift,” attorneys for the women wrote in a petition.

“Plaintiffs believe Baker was either acting as a lookout or had agreed to make sure no one else was in the area.”

Dildine also is accused of failing to report Baker's “strange behavior” to his bosses, which allowed many of the sexual assaults to happen, the suit alleges.

“This included Baker's insistence that Dildine sleep on duty, that Baker be allowed to personally deliver inmate mail and the fact that Baker would spend more time than necessary with the inmates when conducting inmate counts and other assignments,” lawyers for the women wrote in a petition.

“All of this is unusual and against the rules and regulations of the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center and, had it been reported, would or should have resulted in corrective action.”

Checkered pasts

Lawyers for the women also claim that Juber and Baker should not have been working at the women's prison at the time the alleged assaults took place.

Juber had been in trouble before for having inappropriate relationships with female prisoners while working for the state Corrections Department.

He was disciplined in 2009 after prison officials found out that he was exchanging sexually explicit letters with a woman serving time at Mabel Bassett. After admitting to the correspondence, Juber was suspended without pay for two days.

In a letter to Corrections Department officials, Juber expressed gratitude for being allowed to keep his job.

“I did in fact do these things,” Juber wrote. “I know what I did was wrong. This type of action will NEVER happen again. My life is completely turned around. I am a totally different person. Once again, I am sorry for my actions.”

Baker had a checkered past, as well.

Court records show that he was disciplined by the Oklahoma Board of Nursing multiple times for making inappropriate sexual comments and assaulting a patient under his care.

In May 2007, Baker was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation for “sexual misconduct, anger management and interpersonal relationships,” records show.

“Baker should never have been hired as a prison guard to supervise and oversee female inmates,” attorneys for the women wrote in the petition.

“A simple background check would have revealed that.”

The criminal cases filed in Pottawatomie County against Baker and Juber are pending, records show.

CONTRIBUTING: Tulsa World Staff Writer Ginnie Graham


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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