Arkansas inmate files lawsuit after suffering sexual abuse at hands of prison chaplain

Arkansas inmate files lawsuit after suffering sexual abuse at hands of prison chaplain

By Jeannie Roberts, September 9, 2017, Arkansas Online

The lawyer for a female state prisoner who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of a prison chaplain announced Friday that a civil-rights lawsuit has been filed against the Department of Correction, the chaplain and other officials.

Carolyn Arnett, an inmate at the McPherson Unit, said in the lawsuit that department Director Wendy Kelley and other administrators allowed "rampant" institutional failures and a culture of sexual and physical abuse that enabled former prison chaplain Kenneth Dewitt to abuse several female inmates.

Dewitt, 68, pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual abuse in July 2016 in relation to . . . 

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