LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) – A former inmate at Metro Corrections has sued the jail and a corrections officer, claiming she was sexually assaulted by the officer in December.
The lawsuit claims former Officer Jonathon Aikin “brutally sexually assaulted” the woman and then threatened to have her sent to Daviess County Detention Center if she told anyone.
In February, Aikin was charged with sodomy and official misconduct. The case is pending. Aikin told police that the sex was consensual.
The lawsuit also claims that Aikin regularly provided inmates with cigarettes, prescription drugs and other contraband in return for sexual favors.
And the suit alleges that Metro Corrections officials knew of prior complaints of sexual misconduct against Aikin, but continued to allow him to work in the dormitory for female inmates.
“It’s obviously disturbing anytime you have somebody so powerless, like an inmate in a correctional institution, that is being taken advantage of by the person who is supposed to be taking care of them, who is in charge of them,” said attorney Dan Canon, who is representing the woman.
Canon also said the sex between Aikin and his client was not consensual.
WDRB is not naming the woman because she is an alleged victim of sexual assault.
Director Mark Bolton said in an e-mail that he has worked to make sure jail sexual assaults are reported and any complaints are thoroughly investigated.
"There is zero tolerance for such misconduct," Bolton said. "Everyone here knows that – civilian and security staff alike. We train how to avoid developing inappropriate relationships and we test our training.”
Aikin, who began working at the jail in November 2012, resigned after his arrest, according to his attorney, Steve Schroering.
Schroering declined to comment on the lawsuit. In the criminal case, prosecutors have offered a plea deal to sodomy 3rd degree, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Aikin has not yet accepted the offer.
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a jury trial.
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