Former Alabama inmate’s lawsuit alleges rapes by prison guard

A former inmate is suing Alabama Department of Corrections officials in federal court, claiming she was repeatedly raped, assaulted and harassed by a correctional officer at the Birmingham Work Release Center.Olivia Osborne, 33, is suing Officer Vincent Cheatham, Shirley Smith, who is the warden of the facility, and Prison Commissioner Kim Thomas for assault and battery, negligence, intentional infliction of emotion distress, liberty deprivation, negligent training and supervision, sexual harassment, cruel and unusual punishment, failure to protect and violation of the Fourth Amendment.

In June 2011, while Osborne was working at the Best Western Hotel as part of the work release program, Cheatham blocked her exit from work one night with his blue Trailblazer, grabbed her, pulled her in the back seat, tore off her clothing and raped and sodomized her, according to the complaint.

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