State Police Investigating Marion County Jail Rape

Sheriff John Layton says a male and a female inmate were left unsupervised in the same part of the jail.

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Police cars sit in front of the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis.

The Indiana State Police are investigating claims made by a woman that she was raped while in the Marion County Jail.

The woman was a jail inmate, held on charges of prostitution and public indecency.

Sheriff John Layton acknowledges that the woman and a male inmate were left unsupervised in the same part of the jail.  The man, charged with auto theft and receiving stolen property, says the sex was consensual.

The female inmate was medically evaluated at Wishard Memorial Hospital.  Indiana State Police investigators are continuing their investigation and will present their findings to the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Our Internal Affairs Investigators will complete their evaluation and make recommendations,” Sheriff Layton says.  “I have asked the Indiana State Police to investigate this incident in order to ensure that an outside agency provides an independent review of the allegations.”

Sheriff John Layton says there “can be no excuse for this incident.”  But he also maintains that it is “somewhat related” to jail overcrowding.

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