b,b,but MEN DON’T RAPE MEN: Judge Blasts Sheriff’s Office for Negligence in Teen Rape Case
Even though the youth told sheriff’s personnel at least five times that he was under 17 — and therefore should have been in a juvenile lockup — he remained in the Cook County Jail for three days, U.S. District Court Judge Amy St. Eve wrote this week.
“Under the circumstances, the sheriff’s officers’ deliberate indifference led directly to the predictable consequence that the adult detainees physically harmed and raped the plaintiff,” St. Eve. wrote in a ruling rejecting the sheriff’s office’s attempts to have a lawsuit in the case thrown out.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a written statement that it “implements transparent policies and procedures and strives to protect” those in custody.
“We feel the ruling does not capture the realities of the day to day operations at the jail or the steps taken by staff to adhere to the law and protect youth-aged and adult detainees in our custody,” the statement read. “Allegations of sexual impropriety of any nature are taken very seriously and are not tolerated. At this time we cannot disclose anything further as the case is pending.”