Ex-inmate claims harassment

Levittown – In a lawsuit, a Hulmeville woman says she was sexually harassed and assaulted by two male guards at Bucks County Prison in 2007 and 2008.

A former inmate at the Bucks County Prison has sued the county and a number of corrections officials alleging that she was sexually harassed and assaulted by two male guards in 2007 and 2008.
The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania demands a jury trial and claims the former inmate is entitled to damages in excess of $150,000.
The newspaper is withholding the identity of the plaintiff because of the nature of her claims and the identities of the guards whom she accuses because no criminal charges have been filed.
The suit also names Bucks County Prison Warden Terrance Moore, Director of Corrections Harris Gubernick and nursing supervisor Joan Crowe as defendants, alleging they failed to take action to prevent the assaults.
Doylestown attorney Martha Sperling filed the suit Monday on behalf of the Hulmeville woman who pleaded guilty in 2008 to theft charges and was sentenced to 18 months to 10 years in prison. Sperling said the woman has served her sentence and is no longer incarcerated.
Sperling said one of the guards named in the suit no longer works as a corrections officer; however, the other guard remains employed at the prison. A list of county employees provided by the solicitor’s office in May includes the name of the guard whom Sperling said remains at the prison but not the other.