- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A female inmate has settled a lawsuit with Bernalillo County over her alleged rape by a jail guard.

The Albuquerque Journal reported (https://bit.ly/1L8wn8T) Sunday that court documents show the civil lawsuit was settled earlier this month.

Documents did not include the amount but the newspaper reports a settlement of $680,000.

Laura Schauer Ives, an attorney representing the plaintiff, declined to discuss settlement terms.

In the suit, the inmate alleges Metropolitan Detention Center corrections officer Andres Verdugo took her to a closet and raped her in June 2014. He also allegedly threatened inmates if they complained about him.

Verdugo was arrested on suspicion of criminal sexual penetration and intimidation of a witness. He resigned two months later.

An attorney for Verdugo did not respond to a request for comment.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com


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