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Colorado Prisoner Claims She was “Bait” in Prison Sexual Assault Sting

by Scott Grammer

On April 20, 2018, Susan Ullery, 32, filed a civil rights suit in federal court naming Rick Raemisch, director of the Colorado Department of Corrections; Warden David Johnson, Captain Ramona Avant and Bruce Bradley at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility; and two DOC investigators. Her complaint alleged that she was serving a six-year sentence when she was sexually harassed by Bradley, who was her supervisor in the prison canteen. 

Ullery cited a number of incidents of sexual abuse by Bradley; she said she complained to two other male canteen employees, but they replied she should be glad that Bradley “liked her.” 

Ullery met with DOC investigators in April 2016, who said every time there was a complaint against Bradley it became a “he said, she said” situation, and hard evidence was needed. The investigators asked Ullery to wear a wire to record his sexual harassment. She reluctantly agreed after being told she would be saving other women from the same abuse, and investigators promised to intervene before any sexual assault could take place. 

According to her complaint, Ullery went to work in the canteen, wearing the wire, on April 26, 2016. Bradley immediately paged her to his office where he demanded that she show him her breasts, but investigators did not intervene. After complaining about her reluctance to perform a sex act, Bradley allegedly groped her crotch. Investigators later told Ullery the wire’s transmitter was not working well.

After being placed on administrative leave on April 27, 2016, Bradley resigned the next month to avoid being fired. He has not been charged, and Ullery’s lawsuit, in which she argues she was used as “bait” by the DOC investigators, remains pending. See: Ullery v. Raemisch, U.S.D.C. (D. Colo.), Case No. 1:18-cv-00839-STV. 

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Source: denverpost.com

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