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June 23, 1999


A civil lawsuit is planned in an alleged sexual battery incident that took place in April at the Douglas County Jail.

Douglas County Sheriff Loren Anderson has disciplined two jailers following an internal investigation into a reported sexual assault involving two inmates in a jail holding area.

Anderson declined Tuesday to go into detail but said four jailers were working April 18 when the incident allegedly took place.

Both the 24-year-old woman and her reported attacker had been arrested within the same hour and were in the process of being booked into jail.

The investigation cleared one of the four jailers, and another jailer resigned before the conclusion of the internal investigation for unrelated reasons, Anderson said.

The sheriff disciplined the other two officers, but he declined to say what form the discipline took. Anderson also declined to say what the jailers failed to do to prevent the assault, citing possible litigation.

In May, Anderson said the woman was in an unlocked holding cell when the alleged suspect entered the room.

The door to what Anderson called the "dress-out room," an area where inmates exchange their street clothes for jail clothes, should have been locked, the sheriff said after the incident.

Sheriff's authorities were not sure in May whether a corrections officer escorted the man into the same room as the woman or whether he wandered into the room by himself.

Corrections officers generally only put one inmate in the small room at a time.

The woman's husband reported the incident. Police had arrested the alleged victim and her husband during a domestic dispute, the sheriff said.

Authorities have not made any arrests in the alleged sexual battery. Anderson said Tuesday afternoon that the sheriff's office had forwarded a report to Douglas County Dist. Atty. Christine Kenney Tonkovich.

The woman has declined comment about the case. Her attorney, Jerry Levy, said she plans to sue the county.

-- Deb Gruver's phone message number is 832-7165. Her e-mail address is

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