2 Lawsuits Allege Inmate Sexual Assault by Missouri Guard

Jun 7, 2018

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A second lawsuit has been filed against a guard at a Missouri women's prison alleging sexual assault of an inmate.

The Kansas City Star reports the lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Chillicothe Correctional Center officer Edward Bearden of sexually assaulting an inmate. The lawsuit also names two of Bearden's superiors and the Missouri Department of Corrections official responsible for preventing prison rape.

It follows another lawsuit filed by another former inmate, who alleges Bearden raped her repeatedly from 2012 to 2015. That lawsuit also alleges she reported the rape to a prison mental health counselor, who then assaulted her too.

The counselor, John Thomas Dunn, has since pleaded guilty to illegal sexual contact with another inmate.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Karen Pojmann says Bearden is still employed but will retire soon. She declined comment on the lawsuit.