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Thursday, February 3, 2022

Civilian Instructors Intervened in Sex Assault:
Female corrections officer injured in ‘disgusting’ sexual attack at Attica

A female corrections officer was injured during what union officials called a “disgusting” sexual attack Wednesday at Attica Correctional Facility. Kenny Gold, western region vice president of NYS Corrections Officers and Police Benevolent Association said the attack happened as inmates were leaving a COVID testing site in the prison chapel.

The inmate, 38, left the chapel and grabbed the officer in the groin. She and two other officers grabbed the inmate’s arms and forced him against a wall as the inmate continue to struggle. He then grabbed the woman again as the three officers tackled him to the floor. The inmate fell on top of the female office, who hit her head on the floor.

Gold said the inmate continued to grope her chest and pull her hair as he struggled with officers. Two civilian instructors jumped in and helped subdue the inmate until more staff arrived. The inmate was cuffed and escorted to another unit. He kicked another officer in the leg during the escort, Gold said.

The inmate is serving a 19-year sentence for robbery in Queens County in 2011. He was placed in special housing pending disciplinary charges.

The female officer was treated at Buffalo General and did not return to duty. Two offers were treated by medical staff for knee, wrist and thumb injuries and remained on duty. One civilian instructor also was treated for wrist and knee injuries. State police were called to the scene and are investigating.

“This was a disgusting attack on a female staff member,” Gold said. “The inmate needs to be held accountable for this heinous attack. He is eligible for parole in four years and obviously he is one inmate who is not rehabilitated after spending 11 years in prison. He needs to be prosecuted for sexual assault so the chance of being released on parole in 2026 is no longer an option. If he is willing to blatantly assault a female officer with other staff around, he is not fit to be roaming free in society.

“I strongly encourage the Wyoming District Attorney’s Office to file charges in this incident. I also would like to thank everyone who recognized the seriousness of the assault and came to the officer’s aid. Their assistance was instrumental to stopping the on-going attack.”

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