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Jail, Officer Sued On Behalf Of Inmates

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of two inmates from Wyoming against a New Mexico corrections officer, the jails wardens, the county commisioners and the jail’s management company.

The lawsuit claims sexual abuse and cruel and unusual punishment by Detention Officer Brian Orr of the McKinley County (N.M.) Detention Center. The complaint was filed on behalf of inmates Sheila Black and Christine Herden.

The ACLU alleges that Orr repeatedly sexually assaulted the two women and photographed them in the nude, causing physical injury and severe psychological and emotional distress.

The complaint also alleges that the jail’s acting warden, Gilbert Lewis, the McKinley County commissioners and the Centerville, Utah, company that managed the jail, Management and Training Corp., were negligent for failing to properly train and supervise Orr.

The Jackson Hole Star-Tribune has more on the lawsuit.