A 29-year-old corrections officer in Ferguson, Missouri was accused of raping a pregnant woman who was supposed to be able to leave jail, the Huffington Post reported.
The federal lawsuit against Jaris Hayden accuses him of ordering the woman into the boiler room of the city jail in October 2013 and ordering her to provide oral sex before forcing himself upon her. Hayden allegedly assaulted the woman even though her boyfriend had posted her bond, telling her, “You’re the type of girl that can get me in trouble” as he released her from her cell. According to the lawsuit, DNA analysis confirmed that pubic hair the woman obtained during the attack belonged to Hayden.
“Law enforcement Officers of the City of Ferguson have been involved in many other acts of violence including the shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, 2014,” the suit states. “On information and belief discovery will produce other acts of violence, all contributing to a pattern and practice of allowing violence and sexual assault on members of the public. The numerous acts of violence against the citizenry by law enforcement of the City of Ferguson constitute a pattern.”
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Hayden was charged on Nov. 5 with two counts of having sexual contact with a prisoner, one count of permitting escape and one count of acceding to corruption by a public servant.
Hayden was arrested last week, but released after paying a $10,000 bail. City officials said in a statement that he was fired immediately after they learned of the lawsuit against him.
The attack allegedly took place after the woman, identified in the suit as “J.W.,” was arrested by another officer for having an expired license plate and accused of providing a fake name. The lawsuit states that the woman was wearing nursing smocks from her job when Hayden told her, “You smell good” and, “This will teach you a lesson” while booking her into jail.
At one point during her incarceration, J.W. reportedly suffered pain and “discharges.” Hayden contacted EMTs, who left it up to him whether to release her to them for medical care.
“Hayden did not indicate a decision in J.W.’s presence,” the suit states. “Hayden and the EMT’s left the room. J.W. never saw the EMT’s again.”
The city has been marked by demonstrations against police violence since Brown was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson. Protesters in nearby Clayton demanded on Monday that a grand jury return an indictment against Wilson. That afternoon, Gov. Jay Nixon (D) ordered a 30-day state of emergency, saying in his executive order that “regardless of the outcome, there is the possibility of expanded unrest.”
The lawsuit, as posted online by the Post, can be read below.