Police in Fairfax have arrested and charged a former contract nurse from Fairfax County Jail with sexual battery. According to the authorities, 39-year-old Christopher Chimera had inappropriate sexual contact with a female inmate in late 2017. Chimera was arrested on November 16 for the incident which took place in December 2017, when he was working as a licensed practical nurse contractor with a company called Maxim Healthcare Services, which had a contract with the county.
The alleged victim went to police on October 18 to report the incident, which led to an investigation by the department’s Major Crimes Bureau. At the time of his arrest, Chimera was working as a nurse for the Fairfax County Community Services Board. However, he has since been terminated from that position.
Chimera is free on a $2,000 bond and has a court date scheduled for January 29, 2019. Detectives have asked anyone with information and other victims to contact them at 703-246-7800.
Attorney contributor Kevin Biniazin is an advocate for sexual assault survivors, helping them find justice in civil court. Here are some of his thoughts on the legal rights of inmates who have been sexually assaulted by staff members:
Inmates have rights just like the rest of us, including the right to be safe from sexual violence committed by people in positions of authority and trust. But unfortunately, sometimes prison employees sexually abuse inmates. While these predators may think their power will protect them from consequences, victims of prison sexual assault may have the right to seek justice by filing a lawsuit against the prison.
A lawsuit can help provide financial support for damages like pain and suffering, emotional distress, therapy costs, and more. If you or a loved one has been sexually assaulted in a prison and you’d like to learn more about how you can find justice, consider speaking with one of our experienced sexual assault survivor lawyers in a free consultation.