Former Juvenile Detention Center Employee Sentenced For Sexually Assaulting Inmate
On Tuesday, August 14, a former supervisor at Casper’s Regional Juvenile Detention Center pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a female inmate while on the job. John R. Gallagher pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree sexual assault, which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. In exchange for this guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to drop another related criminal charge.
According to court documents, Gallagher asked a juvenile female inmate to expose her breasts to him while she was in her cell. She did so, and Gallagher then reached through the bars and groped her breast.
On November 9, Gallagher was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation with a suspended prison sentence of 8-12 years.
Legal Recourse For Inmates Sexually Assaulted in Correctional Facilities
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps the survivors of sexual assault seek justice in civil courts. We have asked him for some insight into the legal options available to those who have been sexually assaulted as inmates by correctional facility staff members:
Although inmates do lose certain rights while on the inside, they still have the same right as the rest of us to be safe from sexual violence. But unfortunately, it’s all too common for inmates to be sexually assaulted by other inmates and even staff members. When a staff member sexually assaults an inmate, it’s important for the victim to be aware of their legal rights.
Prison staff members are in positions of authority over inmates, and some of these employees use this authority as a means to sexually abuse inmates. When this happens, the victim may have grounds for a lawsuit against the prison.
If you or someone you love has been sexually assaulted in a correctional facility, you can learn more about your legal options by speaking to an experienced sexual assault victims lawyer.
Location of Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Casper