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Wrongful Arrest Leads to Rikers Island Rape and $206,900 Verdict

A New York man who was wrongfully arrested, detained and raped by a prisoner was awarded $206,900.

Mr. Wade, a 23-year-old cook was arrested while he was a store patron, because he fit the description of another person who had an outstanding warrant. He was confined in a New York City Department of Corrections facility, where he was raped by another prisoner.

After being fingerprinted, police officers notified Wade that the correct suspect had been captured, and Wade was released. Wade sued the City in state court, claiming that he suffered post traumatic stress disorder and divertialitis as a result of the rape. In April, 1996, a jury found for Wade, awarding him $6,900 for past medical expenses and $200,000 for pain and suffering, for a total of $206,900. See: Wade v. City of New York, New York Supreme Court, Case No. 8134-92(1996 WL 504250).

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Wade v. City of New York