Prison Inmate and Rape Victim Awarded over $1 Million

A former Colorado prison guard must pay a former inmate $1.3 million as part of the inmate’s civil lawsuit. The guard raped the inmate, but prosecutors allowed him to plea to a misdemeanor charge of illegal sexual contact. The guard served only 2 months in jail for the sex offense. The guard had a sexual relationship with the inmate, but this conduct is highly inappropriate as well as highly illegal. Not only did he have sex with the inmate, but when she refused to have sex with him, he anally raped her.

Even thought the case was finished in criminal court, an alleged victim can still sue civilly. That means if you are arrested on a sex crime in Jacksonville and a Jacksonville Sex Crimes Attorney gets the charges dropped, the alleged victim can still win in civil court. The burden of proof in a criminal case is much higher than in a civil case. In a criminal case in Jacksonville, the state attorney must prove you are guilty beyond and to the exclusion of every reasonable doubt. In a civil case, the other side must only prove more likely than not the event happened.