Ex-jailers jailed in young inmate's rape

Dec. 8, 2008 at 9:43 PM

COVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 8 (UPI) -- Two former county deputy jailers in Kentucky were sent to prison Monday for arranging to have a teenage boy raped by inmates, federal authorities said.

Wesley Lanham, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and Shawn Freeman, 36, was given a 14-year term, the U.S. Department of Justice said in a news release. The two former Grant County Detention Center deputy jailers are to complete three years of supervised release once they finish their prison terms.

They were found guilty of conspiring to violate the civil rights of the 18-year-old, who had been brought in a speeding violation Feb. 14, 2003.

The pair, along with a former sergeant who previously pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 90 months in prison, taunted the high school student about his physical appearance, telling him he would make a good "girlfriend" for the other inmates, prosecutors said. The defendants then solicited convicted felons housed in a general population cell to scare and "mess with" the teenager. The officers left the teenager in the cell where he was sexually assaulted by the other inmates.

When the teenager's father reported the incident and demanded an investigation, the defendants falsified their official reports.

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