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Prison worker safety questioned after attack

CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.

A Centre County lawmaker is asking the governor for a special investigation into an assault of a prison worker at Rockview State Prison.

Last week, prison officials said a female employee was sexually assaulted and left unconscious.  Police said they are treating it as a rape case.

State Representative Kerry Benninghoff sent Governor Corbett a letter asking for a separate review of prison working conditions.  The letter said, according to Benninghoff, that it was the fifth assault at Rockview in the last several months.  

The representatives request is for the investigation to look at what went wrong and how can prison staffers be better safeguarded.

A search warrant obtained by 6 News reporter Gary Sinderson revealed new details about last weeks assault.  That warrant said a 24-year-old civilian employee was attacked by an inmate.  The court document goes on to say there was an apparent error in security in that the inmate was allowed close to the employee while he emptied garbage cans.  

The victim, according to the warrant, was attacked and choked, but she was able to identify her attacker.

The police are seeking the search warrant to check the inmate for any sexually transmitted diseases because he refused to voluntarily turn over his medical history.

 
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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times

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