Dozens of prisoners paid officer £825 to sexually assault and rape 28 women

A group of 28 women have claimed an officer was offered $1,000 (£825) to allow dozens of male prisoners into the female wing which led to mass sexual abuse and rape.

The women, who filed two lawsuits against Clark County Sheriff's Department in Jeffersonville, Indiana, USA, claim that ex-corrections officer David Lowe alongside unnamed jail staff sold a key to inmates where they were subjected to a 'night of terror'.

On 24 October 2021, the night in question, the men, who gained access to the female wing using the key given to them by Lowe, covered their faces and threatened to harm the female inmates if they pressed the emergency call button.

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Sheriff Jamey Noel was hit with a lawsuit by 20 of the women in both his individual and professional capacity whereas Lowe was named in both suits and is also facing a criminal trial later on this year.

Clark County Jail hit the TV screens in 2016 when they were featured on the A&E fly-on-the-wall reality TV show 60 Days where people volunteer to be inmates.

With the alleged attacks lasting for hours, the civil lawsuit mentioned the effects it's had on the inmates as well as the fact surveillance cameras were placed around the location of the women's pods.

The civil lawsuit said: "As a direct and proximate cause of the actions of Defendants, [the female inmates] suffered horrific physical and psychological injuries.

"Amazingly, even though there were surveillance cameras positioned in locations that showed the male detainees accessing the woman's pods.

"Even though the incident involved multiple male detainees and dozens of victims over an extended period of time, not a single jail officer on duty that night came to the aid of plaintiffs and the other victims."

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Clark County Sheriff's office responded to the accusations and said the incident was down to just one person.

They said the incident was "the result of the unforeseeable criminal actions of a rogue corrections officer".

"The individual in question chose to abandon his training, ethics and morals and made the unilateral decision to mortgage his career and future by allowing inmate access to the jail keys."

Bart Betteau and William McCall III represent 20 of the group of women and the former said he believes there is proof of the alleged attacks.

Betteau said: "My belief is that there is video because there always is.

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"We have requested what we can but enough time hasn't ran for them to have to provide it. We believe that evidence will be available.

"The first thing we want is changes to be made. This is absolutely horrible. You can feel how horrifying it is when you talk to the women.

"They were in a place of security, when male inmates barged in there for a number of hours, doing what they want including raping women, and nothing was done about it.

The Clark County Sheriff's department said an investigation had taken place following the incident and the reviewing of security footage, interviews with all male inmates, corrections officers and 40 female inmates had also occured.

Lowe, has been charged with trafficking with an inmate, aiding escape and official misconduct, with his trial set for November this year.

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