Man says he was raped repeatedly by inmates, guard in S.C. jail
COLUMBIA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Attorneys for a 21-year-old man who was being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center while awaiting trial said he was raped repeatedly by multiple inmates and a detention center guard.
The man was facing a drug charge when beginning on Aug. 26, he says he was sexually assaulted on at least two different occasions by four different perpetrators.
The Richland County Sheriff’s Department did not provide a response to the allegations since they do not comment on pending litigation.
Strom Law Firm is representing the man and multiple other clients in cases involving reports of abuse and neglect at the jail.
“One sexual assault is too many. One time is unacceptable. This young man was subjected to multiple assaults by multiple perpetrators, including an Alvin S. Glenn detention officer.” said attorney Bakari Sellers. “And after the first assault, jail staff returned this young man to the same dorm where the first assault occurred. They literally sent the victim back to the scene of the crime so he could be sexually assaulted again.”
Sellers and his colleague Alexandra Benevento sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in February, requesting a federal investigation into issues at the detention center. Benevento called conditions a “war zone” and “hell on earth.”
Below is the full letter from Strom Law Firm to the DOJ:
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