HELENA, Mont. — Inmate Michael Murphy sought out female guards and prison workers that he knew would be easy to charm.Wow, a female prison therapist cannot control herself any better than that?
He started by seeking a small favor, which could lead to a kiss or love letters. In at least five cases, he convinced women to have sex with him or perform other significant illegal favors.
And yet Michael Murphy is considered the victim in each case, because inmates cannot legally consent to sex.
In each of those cases, the female corrections employees were caught, shamed and forced out of a job, according to documents detailing an investigation by Montana prison officials and obtained by The Associated Press after an open records lawsuit.
The women officers described Murphy as the aggressor, even as the predator. But that makes no difference in either state or federal penitentiaries, where prison employees — male or female — are the violators if they have sex with inmates.
A Justice Department study shows that cases like Murphy's are common: Female staff are more often implicated than their male counterparts in prison sexual misconduct. ...
The therapist, for instance, told internal investigators that from the start that she knew she had been manipulated and compromised.
"And then he kissed me one day in my office and I just thought, 'What the f--- did I just do, what just happened?'" she said in a 2008 interview she was told would be confidential. "From that point on I just, I felt like I couldn't do anything, I couldn't say no to him, I couldn't get myself out of it. It's like he had that over me, and he continued to push."
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Female prison guard misconduct
Here is a weird story about sex in prison, with the authorities having trouble figuring out who is raping whom. AP reports: