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$1.1 Million Settlement in Kentucky Jail Sex Abuse Suit

The women’s lawsuit alleged that between February 1, 2018, and August 20, 2018, Perry “harassed, assaulted, abused, and sexually molested them.” To protect their identity, the complaint named the women as Jane Doe plaintiffs.

Three of them alleged Perry forced them to perform oral sex on him. Another said he raped her from behind in a guard’s break room after he gave her chicken wings to eat, and he performed unwanted oral sex on another prisoner. One of the women said Perry forced her to perform oral sex and then penetrated her with his finger in May 2018.

Three other plaintiffs said he subjected them to sexual harassment and sent notes to them. One of them said Perry exposed and fondled himself in her presence. Several of the women said Perry watched them while they were in the shower.

He threatened to take away one women’s blanket if she did not submit to his demands. Perry also would give the women gifts, such as e-cig fluid and alcohol in exchange for their silence, the complaint alleged.

“Some of the abuse was apparent on security cameras, but no one was watching,” said Al Gerhardstein, one of the plaintiffs’ attorneys. “That is outrageous.”

After an investigation, Perry was criminally charged. He subsequently pleaded guilty to four counts of sodomy and one count of rape. The plea bargain provided for him to serve 24 months and to register as a sex offender upon release.

Eight of the nine women agreed to the $1.1 million settlement. They were represented by attorneys Larry Simon of Louisville and Gerhardstein of Cincinnati.

“The testimony of these women was heartwrenching. They showed real courage coming forward,” Simon said. “The damage award will help transform their lives.” See: Doe v. Perry, Case No. 3:19-cv-142, U.S.D.C. (W.D. Ky.). 


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