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A very different suit: Utah prisoners say they were hazed and guards ignored the threat

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Lawsuit says guards let it happen

Weber County Jail inmates charged with hazing

The Associated Press

Posted: 9:48 AM- OGDEN – Four Weber County Jail inmates have been charged with the sexual battery and hazing of two other prisoners.
Jail officials say they can’t comment on the charges because the incident has led to a federal lawsuit against the jail.
The lawsuit claims officers declined to intervene.
Jesus Cuevas-Martinez, Armando Torres Mendez, Daniel Lee Moore and Alfonzo Moya-Breton are charged with the crimes.
Charging documents say the incident occurred on May 22. The four inmates face a September 11 pretrial conference before 2nd District Judge Pamela Heffernan.
One of the two listed victims says correctional officers watched the 30-minute incident and laughed instead of intervening. He filed a lawsuit August 8th in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City.
The suit filed by Salt Lake City lawyers Rob Sykes and Alyson Carter claims the inmates were threatened with rape and were in fear for their safety from eight other cellmates as they were “verbally harassed and sexually molested.”

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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