2 Lawsuits Allege Inmate Sexual Assault By Missouri Guard

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second lawsuit has been filed against a guard at a Missouri women’s prison alleging sexual assault of an inmate.

The lawsuit filed Tuesday accuses Chillicothe Correctional Center officer Edward Bearden of sexually assaulting inmate Lynnsey Betz. The lawsuit also names two of Bearden’s superiors and the Missouri Department of Corrections official responsible for preventing prison rape.

It follows another lawsuit filed by former inmate Karen Keil, who alleges Bearden raped her repeatedly from 2012 to 2015. Keil’s lawsuit also alleges she reported the rape to a prison mental health counselor, who then assaulted her too.

The counselor, John Thomas Dunn, has since pleaded guilty to illegal sexual contact with another inmate.

Corrections Department spokeswoman Karen Pojmann says Bearden is still employed but will retire soon. She declined comment on the lawsuit.

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