Man files suit over Kentucky prison assault

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One of two inmates who accused a prison guard of sexually assaulting him in a Kentucky prison is suing the nation’s largest private prison corporation. Attorney Thomas Costello filed suit Thursday on behalf of the 19-year-old Brattleboro-area man.

Costello says the man, who asked to remain anonymous, wants nearly $75,000 in damages for psychological injury he suffered from the alleged abuse. The suit also alleges that the man’s constitutional right against cruel and unusual punishment had been violated.

The alleged assault happened in April at a prison in Saint Mary’s, Kentucky. The prison guard named in the assault case has been fired.

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