NY Daily News

NY Daily News

A Miami female prison officer says 17 inmates sexually assaulted her, but it took jail officials months to finally report the incident.

A mass fight at Miami-Dade’s pretrial detention facility allegedly left three guards injured and one sexually assaulted. But prison supervisors didn’t tell police about the attack until March 15, the sexually assaulted officer tells NBC Miami.

“You know, I don’t do anything but literally play this incident in my head over and over again,” she tells the TV station. “I’m devastated, I feel embarrassed. I’m ashamed.”

The ordeal begins in December, when the female officer confronted a combative inmate, 23-year-old Derrick Harrell.

Two cell doors that should have been locked were left open, allowing 16 other inmates to spill out of their cell and join Harrell, who focused his attack on the officer, reports show.

The officer says she was groped, kicked and punched.

“I thought I was about to be gang-raped,” she writes in a report.

Other guards rushed in to break up the assault. Three other officers were hurt trying to subdue the inmates, reports show.

The female officer was treated at a local hospital and took about 60 days off work. When she returned, she was shocked that the incident still hadn’t been reported.

After threatening to call police herself, the officer says her supervisor finally reported the alleged attack 73 days after it happened.

The next day Harrell was arrested for battery on a law enforcement officer. He has pleaded not guilty.

The officer wants the other 16 inmates who allegedly assaulted her to face charges, too.

“We have protocols and policies when it comes to incidents, and they failed to act,” she tells NBC Miami.

Source: NY Daily News