AG: Guard charged with sexual assault of inmate at Edna Mahan women’s prison
The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office says that a male corrections officer at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women has been charged with sexually assaulting an inmate and official misconduct.
Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck said Wednesday that senior corrections officer Tyrell Harris-McLaughlin was charged in a complaint for allegedly sexually assaulting the inmate on Sept. 16 at the prison.
Officials say the victim was taken to a hospital where evidence from the alleged assault was collected and linked to Harris-McLaughlin.
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The facility is New Jersey’s only women’s prison. This incident is the latest in an ongoing situation with guard misconduct at the prison. Several guards are already facing charges for allegedly assaulting inmates last year.
Marcus Hicks, the former New Jersey Department of Corrections commissioner, resigned in June following criticism from state lawmakers.
Gov. Phil Murphy ordered the prison to be closed after a scathing report regarding how the prison was being run.
The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.