A teacher at an Arizona prison was stabbed and raped after being left alone in a room with a sex offender, according to documents obtained by the Associated Press about the savage attack.
The attack occurred at Eyman prison’s Meadows Unit on January 30, which houses about 1,300 rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders. After the attack the Department of Corrections provided a press release that was less than adequate — the release outlined the bare details of the incident which prompted AP to dig up what really happened through interviews and investigatory reports.
The teacher was administering a high school equivalency test to about a half-dozen inmates with no guard nearby and only a radio to summon help. After the last of the inmates left, Jacob Harvey asked the teacher if she could open the bathroom and then attacked her. Harvey is accused of stabbing her in the head with a pen, forcing her to the ground and raping her. The teacher said she screamed for help, but no one came.
Former Deputy Warden of the prison, Carl ToersBijns, said this assault highlights the lax security policies of the prison and the danger it puts staff members in.
“Here you’ve got a guy that commits a hell of a crime … and he’s put into an environment that actually gives him an opportunity to do his criminality because of a lack of staffing,” said ToersBijns
The woman was not critically injured, and has filed a worker’s compensation claim against the state. She refused to comment on case for obvious reasons.
Harvey was convicted of sexually assaulting a staff member. Three weeks after the rape, he struck again assaulting another prison employee, raising his security classification to the highest level.
SOURCE: NY Daily News | PHOTO CREDIT: Arizona Dept. of Corrections