Tulsa County Jail faces new lawsuit after alleged rape

By: Katie Higgins

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TULSA, Okla. - Quick facts:

  • Someone is suing the Tulsa County Jail after they say they allowed the rape of a mentally ill inmate.
  • This comes just days after a family was awarded $10 million after they say their loved one was left to die in the jail.
  • The lawsuit claims jail employees failed to do a proper mental health examination and ignored a week's worth of complaints.
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Just two days after a losing verdict, the Tulsa County Jail is facing a new lawsuit alleging misconduct.

The jail lost a $10 million verdict in the Elliott Williams case. Now, it is being sued again on allegations it allowed the rape of a mentally ill inmate.

The lawsuit says the jail failed to do a proper mental health screening, placed a man in a cell with sexual predators and ignored a week's worth of complaints before he was raped.

Attorney Dan Smolen says his client suffers from schizophrenia and was in danger from the moment he stepped into booking.

The lawsuit says the man received no mental health evaluation and was placed in a general population cell with a sex offender named Anthony Williams.


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It also says Williams threatened the man, so he asked to move to a different cell. He reportedly became so distraught that he began barking.

The lawsuit says that after 13 days, Williams pulled the man from his bunk and brutally raped him.

Williams was charged with rape in July, but the case was dismissed, because the state's witness never showed.

The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office declined to comment on the pending litigation.


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