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A new lawsuit, which highlights both rampant police brutality and sexual assault, alleges a Ferguson, Mo. corrections officer raped a pregnant woman in jail last year.

The suit was filed Friday against the city and the officer, Jaris Hayden. The news comes just as Ferguson braces itself for a decision on whether or not a white police officer will be held responsible for killing a black teenager.

According to Biz Journals, Hayden faces four felony charges, including sexual contact with a prisoner and acceding to corruption by a public servant.

Hayden posted $10,000 cash bond on Nov. 12, the day he was arrested. Hayden, who is being represented by attorney Scott Rosenblum, is scheduled to appear in St. Louis County court for his arraignment Dec. 3.

J.W., whose full name is withheld from the suit, was stopped by a Ferguson police officer on Oct. 9, 2013 because her license plates were expired, according to the lawsuit.

A Ferguson police officer arrested J.W. and wrote her two tickets after she gave him a false name, according to the suit.

During J.W.’s booking, Hayden said to her, “You smell good,” and, “This will teach you a lesson,” according to the suit.

The woman complained of pain and a superior was called to contact an ambulance. According to the suit, paramedics told Hayden it was up to him whether they could take J.W.

J.W.’s boyfriend then posted bond, according to the suit, but while J.W. was signing papers, Hayden told her she had traffic warrants from other municipalities.

J.W. said, “I will do anything to go home,” according to the suit, which specifies she was not talking about sexual favors.

That’s when Hayden told the woman to follow him down “various hallways.” In the boiler room of the City of Ferguson jail, Hayden removed his penis and said “You gonna suck my dick,” motioning for give him oral sex. After he forced her to perform oral sex, he took her farther back into the boiler room and had vaginal intercourse with her.

The lawsuit states J.W. did not resist because she was afraid.

Hayden then released J.W. through a side door, and told her to run and stay close to the building, presumably so she would not appear on any security cameras, according to the lawsuit.

J.W.’s sister then took her to the emergency room, according to the suit.

DNA analysis has confirmed that pubic hair captured by J.W. was from Hayden, according to the lawsuit, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

It also alleges civil rights abuses by the city of Ferguson.

“The conduct of City of Ferguson law enforcement in engaging in repeated acts of violence and constitutional violations against the citizenry constitutes a pattern,” the lawsuit says. “The City has taken inadequate steps or no steps at all to control the violent acts of its law enforcement personnel.”

In response to the suit, the city of Ferguson released this statement:

“Immediately upon learning of the complaint against Mr. Hayden, the City undertook an investigation which resulted in Mr. Hayden’s termination from employment. In addition, City officials and employees cooperated with federal authorities with respect to the matter. Mr. Hayden was terminated on November 19, 2013. He had been a corrections officer for the City of Ferguson since May 25, 2012.”

Termination is good, but an arrest would be fitting. We’ll keep you updated with the latest in this case.

SOURCE: BizJournals | PHOTO CREDIT: Police Department

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