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Ex-Marine serving rape sentence says he’s been sexually assaulted by female prison workers

By Travis Gettys
Thursday, November 21, 2013 11:31 EDT
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Shane Bardes KFMB-TV
 
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A military veteran serving a sentence for rape said he’s been sexually assaulted more than 10 times by female guards and employees.

Former Marine Lance Cpl. Shane Bardes was convicted of raping two women while stationed in Hawaii and sentenced to five years in prison, and he’s served three years in the Miramar Brig, where the Navy houses most of its women inmates.

Bardes said he’s encountered numerous female guards and inmates during his incarceration, he also has been sent to disciplinary segregation several times or has been reprimanded for dozens of violations.

“Shane has agreed to come forward with his story as painful and humiliating as it is to ensure that this never happens again,” said his attorney, John Hafemann.

He’s also asking for an early release based on his allegations.

Bardes said he was raped by female guards, his female work supervisor and engaged in a relationship with a female therapist who served as an intern for the University of Southern California.

Bardes said other guards became jealous when they learned of the relationship with the intern, which he said was nonconsensual, and she was later fired.

“He’s been made fun of teased and even physically assaulted,” Hafemann said.

The attorney said Bardes had sex with female guards more than 10 times and with a work supervisor who took him to storage closets that were not under camera surveillance.

Hafemann said prison employees are forbidden under federal law from having sexual relations with prisoners, and he said such relationships cannot be consensual.

“It’s like statutory rape,” Hafemannsaid . “Shane Bardes’ story doesn’t and continues to not get the attention it deserves because he is a male victim of sexual assault in the military.”

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service said it had opened an investigation into the inmate’s claims, but so far no charges have been filed and it’s unclear whether anyone has been disciplined.

However, KFMB-TV reported that none of the workers named in the complaint worked at Miramar Brig, and Bardes has been transferred to the Charleston Brig in South Carolina.

The Department of Justice published a report earlier this year that found sexual misconduct among staff at Miramar Brig is 4.9 percent — two times higher than the nationwide rate.

President Barack Obama has ordered all federal prisons to implement a policy outlined in the Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003.

Watch this video report posted online by KFMB-TV:

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

 
 
 
 
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