Multiple former inmates have filed five lawsuits accusing Coffee Creek Correctional Facility of allowing sex abuse, following a pattern of sexual misconduct at the women's facility. Photographed in Salem on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

Multiple former inmates have filed five lawsuits accusing Coffee Creek Correctional Facility of allowing sex abuse, following a pattern of sexual misconduct at the women’s facility. Photographed in Salem on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.

Anna Reed/Statesman Journal

Sexual abuse and rape are not only “widespread” at Oregon’s only women’s prison, but the violence is ignored by prison staff and those who report it are punished, according to a series of multi-million dollar lawsuits filed against the Oregon Department of Corrections.
 
Five current and former inmates at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility are suing the state, claiming they were raped, groped, assaulted and molested by Tony Klein, a nurse in the medical unit.

The plaintiffs further accuse prison staff of ignoring and allowing Klein’s predatory behavior to continue for years — and of retaliating against inmates who reported the alleged abuse. 

An investigation by Oregon State Police found that 11 inmates reported some form of sexual contact with Klein, but prosecutors declined to charge him, saying some of the accounts were unreliable and the case was “unsupportable” as a whole. 

Read the rest of the story at the Statesman Journal.