Court officer accused of sexual assault
An Essex court officer was recently arraigned on multiple sexual assault charges and held on a $50,000 bail. The prosecutor claims that they have DNA evidence to prove the charges. The officer allegedly raped and beat a female inmate that was in his custody. All in all, he is charged with multiple accounts of rape, assault with intent to rape, indecent assault and battery and misleading investigators. These charges stretch from 2009 to 2014.According to the charges, the officer assaulted the woman while she was in a holding cell. In a different instance, he attacked her in an elevator. The last assault was in a stairwell that had limited access, somewhere the prosecutor says he should never have taken her. The DNA evidence comes from a shirt that had bodily fluids on it. The final charge, misleading investigators, stems from the allegation that he asked a coworker to destroy a cell phone that was evidence. Just because the woman attacked was a prisoner does not lessen the impact of this assault. Even though they are designed for criminals, jails and prisons are supposed to be a safe place for rehabilitation. While prisoners do get into fights with each other, they should be able to trust the officers to keep them safe.If you or someone you know was the victim of sexual assault or abuse, it is critical that you contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible, as the statute of limitations in Massachusetts is only three years. These are some of the most delicate cases any lawyer will ever handle, and an experienced professional will know how to expertly guide you through the process.