A Louisiana jailer has been sued for repeatedly sexually abusing a 15-year-old inmate and threatening to harm her mother if she didn’t obey his commands.
During the girl’s seven month stint in the juvenile tier of the St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention Center, Deputy Eddie Williams subjected her to constant harassment, ordering her to disrobe and masturbate in certain places so he could view video of her via the jail’s remote security camera.
Deputy Williams, who has been with the department since 2007, was placed on administrative leave in December 2015 pending an investigation into abusing the minor.
“Internal Affairs specialist investigated the allegation but found no evidence to substantiate a charge,” said Sheriff James Pohlmann, who is named as a defendant in the lawsuit.
“New allegations involving the same girl have been made and Williams has been transferred to work in the parish’s adult prison pending an Internal Affairs investigation,” Pohlmann later revealed, according to the Advocate.
According to the lawsuit, which you can read here, filed by the girl and her mother who are referred to by their initials, Williams requested to see C.L. in her “birthday suit.”
He also ordered her to get naked and “play with herself.” And he ordered her to her to sit on the ground with her legs open and to stand in a specific location in the shower so he could view her naked. He also ordered her to get naked over the intercom in her cell so he could observe her over a video camera remotely.
Williams stated to the teen he knew where her mother lived, and threatened to kill her unless she complied with his orders.
The lawsuit further states the Williams actions would be considered crimes of “Indecent Behavior With a Juvenile” in violation of La.R.S. 14:81, and “Molestation of a Juvenile in violation of L.a. R.S. 14:81:2.
St. Bernard Parish District Attorney Perry Nicosia has said prosecutors are still exploring the allegations, but have yet to convene a grand jury to consider indicting deputy Williams.