- Associated Press - Saturday, May 21, 2016

FARMERVILLE, La. (AP) - The Louisiana Department of Corrections has removed six female inmates from the Union Parish Detention Center amid a rape investigation.

Sheriff Dusty Gates tells The News-Star (http://tnsne.ws/22ihQwW ) that the transfers occurred Monday, less than a month after a 28-year-old male inmate allegedly raped a 17-year-old female inmate in a holding cell while she was under the influence of methamphetamine.

After a meeting of the detention center’s commission on Thursday, Warden Jerry Ward said three employees have faced disciplinary action. But he wouldn’t specify whether any of the employees have been suspended or fired.

Gates says an investigation of the alleged rape is ongoing.

“We cannot set a timeframe as to when it will be complete because it is a complex matter,” he said. “We are asking that people don’t rush to judgment because this is a serious matter, and we want to make sure we have all the facts.”

Both the suspect and the alleged victim of the rape are state inmates, which account for 165 of the center’s 277 inmates.

The suspect - Demarcus Shavez Peyton, 28, of Homer - faces a third-degree rape charge for allegedly raping the teenager in her isolation cell.

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Information from: The News-Star, http://www.thenewsstar.com

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