FRANKFORT — A Hawaii woman who was sexually assaulted while an inmate at Otter Creek Correctional Center in Wheelwright is suing Corrections Corp. of America and Hawaii state officials.
In a lawsuit filed Monday in state court in Hawaii, the woman says the state of Hawaii and Corrections Corp. knew there were allegations of sexual abuse at the Kentucky facility but took no action to prevent future incidents.
The woman was sexually assaulted Oct. 17, 2007, by former staffer Darren Green, who was later convicted of second-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor.
Myles Breiner, a Hawaii lawyer who represents the woman, said he expects more lawsuits against Hawaii and possibly Kentucky officials to be filed soon by former and current inmates at the all-female prison.
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Hawaii recently pulled its female inmates from Otter Creek after about a half-dozen former staffers were charged with improper sexual relationships with inmates. Kentucky still houses more than 400 woman at the prison.
Kentucky officials have asked Corrections Corp. to change some of its procedures to ensure the safety of inmates as part of its contract with the state.
Meanwhile, investigations into sexual assaults at Otter Creek by Kentucky State Police continue. Trooper Mike Goble said police are investigating an alleged sexual assault of a female inmate. That case probably will be sent to the Floyd County grand jury, Goble said Wednesday.