- Associated Press - Friday, December 14, 2018

JESSUP, Md. (AP) - Maryland’s corrections department says an inmate allegedly tried to sexually assault a correctional officer at the Patuxent Institution in Jessup.

The department said it happened early Friday morning, when a correctional officer was escorting an inmate assigned to kitchen duty.

According to the department, the officer says she was shoved into a closet by an inmate, where he allegedly attempted to sexually assault her.

The department says the correctional officer was taken to a local hospital for an examination and treatment. The department says she has subsequently identified her attacker.

A union official says the incident reflects a staffing issue. Patrick Moran, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Maryland Council 3 union, said the officer was assigned to two tiers, which he says is inadequate staffing.



Renata Seergae, a department spokeswoman, wrote in an email the institution was appropriately staffed at the time.

The department says the incident remains under investigation.

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