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Employees accused of sexually assaulting 10 women inmates at Hawaii prison

Ten inmates at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua, Hawaii, filed a suit against prison employees, according to the New York Daily News. The ten women recently filed a federal lawsuit claiming the guards and staff of sexually assaulting them while they were incarcerated.

Filed Thursday, the suit alleges three male guards, a female guard, and a male janitorial supervisor sexually assaulted the inmates and caused them emotional distress. The inmates claim staff members assaulted them in exchange for contraband including drugs, makeup, clothes, candy and other gifts.

The attorney who filed the suit, Myles Breiner, told Hawaii News Now the alleged abuse, “runs the whole gamut whether it’s oral sex intercourse, masturbation, you name it. The guards take pictures; they have cell phones on.”

The also suit alleges officials failed to properly train staff and supervise employees at the Honolulu prison. Officials ignored “an obvious and ongoing pattern and practice of sexual abuse of inmates by both male and female guards and employees … that dates back at least 25 years,” the suit states.

The lawsuit specifically names adult corrections officers Chavon Freitas, Taofi Magalei, Brent Bauman, and Gauta Vaa, as well as DS employee James Sinatra. Also named in the suit are the state of Hawaii, Department of Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda and WCCC Warden Eric Tanaka.

The women bringing the charges are referred to as Jane Does 1-10 in the lawsuit. Nine of the ten women are still incarcerated at the state-run facility. According to the website InmateAID, LLC., Women’s Community Correctional Center is a “low security correctional facility housing inmates in dormitory or cubicle housing.”