U.S. Jailers allowed inmates to rape teenager

US Jailers Allow Inmates to Gang Rape 18 Year Old Brought in on Speeding Charges
Former Grant County, Kentucky Detention Center Officers Found Guilty of Civil Rights Violations in Teenager Rape Case

August 15, 2008

A Kentucky jury convicted Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman, both former deputy jailers, on federal civil rights, conspiracy and obstruction charges, the Justice Department announced today. The defendants, former deputies at the Grant County Detention Center, were found guilty of conspiring to violate the civil rights of a teenage traffic offender when they arranged for him to be raped by inmates. The jury convicted the defendants on all charges and specifically found that the defendants were responsible for the aggravated sexual assault carried out by the inmates.

The defendants face up to life in prison when they are sentenced on Dec. 8, 2008.

The case stemmed from an incident that occurred on Valentine’s Day in 2003, when the defendants, along with their supervisor, former Sergeant Shawn Sydnor, taunted an 18-year-old high school student who had been brought to the detention center on a speeding charge. The deputies teased the teenager about his physical appearance and told him that he would make a good “girlfriend” for the other inmates. The defendants then solicited a group of convicted felons housed in a general population cell to scare the teenager. After eliciting an agreement from the inmates, the officers left the teenager in the cell where he was sexually assaulted by the other inmates.

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If you are going to publish something so assine as this you should have your facts straight. most all info in this article is false.

Comment by Anonymous

i hope that wesley and shawn sue for false allegations all info in this article is false. GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT

Comment by Anonymous

Shawn and Wesley are INNOCENT and this young man testified in court as so. He had never laid eyes on them until the week of court. How can a jury find these too guilty. Our justice system SUCKS. I believe the truth will come out. Shawn was not even on the jail property at the time of the assault. and Wesley was only following orders made by Sydnor. I feel for this young man however Wesley and Shawn done nothing to hurt them

Comment by Anonymous

Agreed! The two jailers are not to blame for this and it is absolutely ridiculous that they have been found guilty on these charges. The sentencing is coming up and I hope that the judge is up on his facts.

Comment by Anonymous

This is bull crap wesley didnt and would never do anything like this he is the most caring person you will ever meet and i AGREE if you are going to publish something like this you need to get your facts straight

Comment by sasha's mommy

What, are you people responding related to these animals. Too bad for them, though, since 180 and 168 months in prison ought to be real fun. Karma is such a wonderful thing. Two hillbillies will make nice pieces of meat for the hispanic gangs. LOL.

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