Ferguson Officer Accused of Raping Pregnant Inmate

Jaris Hayden allegedly forced himself on woman before allowing escape
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2014 1:58 AM CST
Updated Nov 18, 2014 5:00 AM CST
A police mugshot of Jaris Hayden, 29.   (Police mugshot)

(Newser) – More trouble for authorities in Ferguson, Mo.: As the city braces for the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown police shooting case, a correctional officer has been accused of serious misconduct. Jaris Hayden, 29, allegedly raped a pregnant inmate in his custody before allowing her to escape from the city jail, reports KSDK. He has been charged with public servant acceding to corruption, two counts of sexual contact with an inmate, and permitting escape over the incident, which took place in October last year. The woman, a nurse who was several months pregnant at the time, has filed a lawsuit against Hayden.

According to the federal lawsuit, the woman was taken to Ferguson's jail after she was arrested for giving a fake name after being caught driving with expired plates, the Guardian reports. Hayden allegedly told her, "You smell good" before putting her in a cell. After she complained of pains, she was examined by paramedics, who told Hayden it was his decision whether to release her into their custody. Instead, he raped her in a boiler room, according to the lawsuit, and then let her out of jail through a side door, telling her to run away and tell anybody who asked that police in an adjacent city had picked her up. The lawsuit says that before going to an emergency room, she ran to a restaurant across the street to get a plastic bag for pubic hairs she saved during the alleged encounter, and DNA tests confirmed they were Hayden's.

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