KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prison guard now faces a third lawsuit accusing him of sexually assaulting female inmates at a prison in the western Missouri town of Chillicothe.
All three lawsuits naming Edward Bearden have been filed over the past five weeks in federal court in Kansas City, including a suit filed Monday. The lawsuits say that the Missouri Department of Corrections knew or should have known about the assaults.
Bearden has not been criminally charged. Mary Compton, a spokeswoman for the Missouri attorney general’s office, which represents Bearden, says the lawsuits are under review. A message left with the Department of Corrections was not immediately returned.
The latest lawsuit accuses Bearden of fondling and assaulting an inmate several times starting in October 2015.