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$550,000 in Damages Ordered to Woman Prisoner Raped by New York Guard

Calling the crime “reprehensible,” a Manhattan federal judge ordered a former New York prison guard on May 28, 2021, to pay $550,000 in damages to a prisoner he was convicted of sexually assaulting.

According to a report by the New York Daily News, the former Bedford Hills Correctional Facility guard, Jeffrey Green, was sentenced in 2017 to nine months in jail after he was convicted of kissing, biting and groping the unnamed prisoner in her cell at the women’s prison in March 2016. He was trying to remove her shorts when he was interrupted by another guard who had noticed Green was absent from his command post.

The prisoner then slept with the guard’s bodily fluids still on her in order to preserve the DNA evidence used to convict him. “The assault itself was a painful, disgusting, humiliating experience. Officer Green is older, decidedly unattractive and foul smelling,” the prisoner stated in a sworn statement to the court.

Her lawsuit claimed she was then also targeted for retaliation by other prison guards for two years until her transfer to another state prison. She is completing a 13-year sentence for an armed robbery in which the victim suffered a fatal heart attack.

After a default judgement was entered against Green, Judge Ronnie Abrams also ordered Green pay the following: $350,000 in compensatory damages, $200,000 in punitive damages, and $39,042.51 in attorney’s fees and costs. The Plaintiff, “Jane Doe” was represented by Perlmutter & Mcguinness, P.C. and Zachary Marguis-Ohnuma. See: Doe v. Green, U.S.D.C., S.D.Ny., Case No. 1:17-cv-01765-RA-OTW. 


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