- Associated Press - Thursday, March 3, 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A jury has awarded $25,000 in damages to a former female inmate who said in a lawsuit that she was sexually assaulted at the Tulsa County Jail.

After a day of deliberation, the jury announced their decision Wednesday in federal court. The lawsuit filed on behalf of the 23-year-old woman says she was repeatedly sexually assaulted over a four-month period in 2010 by a Tulsa jail detention officer. The now-former officer was dismissed as a defendant from the lawsuit. He was never criminally charged in the case.

Former Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz was named in the lawsuit.

The jury determined that Glanz, in his individual capacity, and Acting Sheriff Michelle Robinette, in her official capacity as a representative of Tulsa County, were liable for actions that resulted in the violations of the woman’s rights.

The jury award was for actual damages only. The jury declined to award punitive damages against Glanz. Individuals sued in their official capacities are immune from liability for punitive damages, so the jury could not consider punitive damages against Robinette.

Attorneys for the woman said they were pleased with the verdict.

“I don’t care if they gave her a dollar or a million dollars; the jury found that they violated her constitutional rights,” attorney Dan Smolen said afterward.

Attorney Clark Brewster, who represented both Glanz and Tulsa County, said he had a mixed reaction to the verdict.

“I’m very pleased that the jury accepted what we thought had happened, which was there was no serious sexual assaults,” Brewster said. “I am disappointed in the fact that they felt that the jail should be held responsible, because this jail acted very responsibly in investigating the incidents and taking prompt action.”

Glanz declined to comment to the media after the verdict was announced.

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