- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - A transgender inmate transitioning into a woman claims she was repeatedly raped by a Rikers Island corrections officer and jail officials turned a blind eye.

The New York Daily News reports (https://nydn.us/1PVCDAo ) a suit filed in Manhattan federal court states an inmate identified only as “M.T.” was assaulted by a guard on Dec. 2, 2012 at the Robert N. Davoren Complex following months of harassment.

The suit alleges the guard bribed M.T. with an iPod Touch and $20 in cash to not report the assault.

M.T., serving time for a burglary charge, says prison officials were informed about the abuse but the guard wasn’t prosecuted or disciplined.

A Department of Corrections spokeswoman wouldn’t say if the guard remains in his position because M.T.’s allegations are still being investigated.

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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

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