Former inmate sues officers, jail authority for sexual misconduct

By Kyla Asbury | Aug 10, 2010

CHARLESTON -- A former inmate is suing four correctional officers, the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority and an unknown person after she claims they sexually harassed and abused her during her incarceration.

Katie Martin was incarcerated at the Southern Regional Jail when she was sexually harassed and abused by Christopher Dameron, David Stoner, Michael Wills and Stephen Gillespie, according to a complaint filed June 30 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Martin claims an unknown person also threatened her with bodily harm during her incarceration.

Martin claims she has suffered anxiety; humiliation; annoyance and inconvenience; invasion of privacy; emotional distress; pain and suffering; mental anguish; loss of her ability to enjoy life; future medical and pharmaceutical expenses; and other damages.

The West Virginia jail authority negligently failed to supervise Stoner, Gillespie, Wills, Dameron and John Doe; negligently failed to properly train them; negligently retained their employment; negligently hired them; negligently staffed the Southern Regional Jail; and negligently failed to intervene on Martin's behalf, according to the suit.

Martin is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Matthew J. Woelfel.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 10-C-1184

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