- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) - A lawsuit by 10 women says they were coerced into having sex while they were inmates at a jail in southwestern Michigan.

The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph reports (https://bit.ly/1Sd3SJW ) the federal lawsuit this month names Berrien County and four current or former sheriff’s deputies who worked at the jail. The women say money and other benefits were traded for sex from 2008-2015.

The women are seeking compensatory damages.

Sheriff Paul Bailey says two of the deputies resigned and one was fired after an investigation started in September into misconduct by jail employees while they were off-duty. The newspaper says the fourth deputy named in the lawsuit remains employed by the department.

Bailey’s office says Thursday that no evidence was found of any alleged misconduct occurring inside the jail.

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Information from: The Herald-Palladium, https://www.heraldpalladium.com


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