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Woman sues correctional officer, DOC for sexual misconduct
CHARLESTON -- A woman is suing the West Virginia Division of Corrections, a correctional officer and an unknown person after she claims she was sexually harassed, abused and assaulted while she was incarcerated.
Lena Lunsford was incarcerated in the Beckley Work Release Center and during her incarceration she was sexually assaulted, sexually harassed and sexually abused by C.O. Jarvis and an unknown person, according to a complaint filed May 14 in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Lunsford claims the defendants owed a duty to her to provide a reasonably safe confinement facility and a duty to properly hire, train, retain and supervise its correctional officers.
The West Virginia Division of Corrections knew or should have known that Jarvis and John Doe failed to comply with the law and standards required of a staff member in their positions, according to the suit.
Lunsford claims she has suffered anxiety; humiliation; annoyance and inconvenience; invasion of privacy; emotional distress; pain and suffering; mental anguish; loss of her ability to enjoy life; future medical and pharmaceutical expenses; and other damages.
Lunsford is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. She is being represented by Matthew J. Woelfel.
The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Paul Zakaib Jr.
—- 04.16.09: Ralph Lunsford appeared before the court for a pre-trial on a charge of domestic battery, Lunsford pled guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail, three months suspended and placed on unsupervised probation, in addition, he was fined $50.00 plus $184.53 in court costs. The defendant was remanded back to Central Regional Jail to complete his sentence. The defendant filed a six-month payment schedule.
from the FB page...this is pathetic. WHY DON'T THEY GET PHOTOS FROM THE FAMILY?? how much money do you need to take a pic of your kid? they are asking the public for photos? wow. this is happy horseshit as far as i'm concerned. they can afford other things it seems. they have faith in nancy grace who can't blab about anything but dancing with the stars? oh boy. i am glad the Feds are on this case.
another facebook nazi, no actual truth or honest pertinent questions/comments allowed, only praying.
Aliayah Lunsford (3): Missing from Weston, West Virginia since 09/24/2011
I still need CURRENT, GOOD photos of Aliayah. I have FAITH Nancy Grace or Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell will cover Aliayah's disappearance. They always come to the missing person's Facebook page to get photos. PLEASE! Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can upload them into an album. (I have closed the wall for posting to maintain control over this page.)
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Aliayah Lunsford (3): Missing from Weston, West Virginia since 09/24/2011 Otherwise they'll keep showing the two photos over and over and over and over and over and over again and they aren't even current from what I understand.
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Eva Stout Hi ...I am a friend of the family...but I would like to let you know, there aren't any current pictures of Aliayah other than this..This is from Christmas, and as far as I know, she hasn't had money to have recent pics taken..
That's another thing, do you know as a parent in this day and age how many pictures you take over and over and over! In this day and age every parent I know has heaps of pics of their kids. We even have heaps of pics of the dog! This is a sign she is a bad parent.
As dive teams from multiple counties slowly search the water near her home, Aliyah Lunsford's family is still waiting for word of the missing three-year-old, and are now reaching out to the community for help.
"Around 9 or 9:30, I went back in to wake her up and she was gone," said Lena Lunsford, Aliayah's mother.
Three-year-old Aliayah Lunsford went missing from her Bendale home Saturday morning, and ever since, search teams have turned her typically quiet neighborhood upside down in hopes of bringing her home.
"We've done a foot canvas of the neghborhood, used k-9s, now we have divers in the water. We've entered her in as missing," said Sgt. Michael Posey of the Lewis County Sheriff's Department.
Family members say Aliayah is a shy child. They say she never talks to strangers and would never have wandered off alone.
"She never leaves the house unless an adult is with her. She wouldn't have come out in the yard, or the road for that matter, without her mother," said Joann Evans, Aliayah's Grandmother.
Saturday, K-9 units from Lumberport and the South Charleston State police Detachment combed through the surrounding area and picked up a trail just down the road. A search that started int he Dennison Street home has lead crews to the banks of the West Fork River, but police say they're still unsure if the river holds the answers to Aliayah's disappearance. Police say they've dealt with missing persons cases in the past, but Aliyah's is unlike any other.
"Right now there are no clues leading us anywhere. No clues. It's like she's just disappeared," Posey said.
And as family members wait out the search, they say all they can do is ask for your help...
"They are doing everything that they possibly can, but the more people we can get to help, the better chances of bringing her home," Lunsford said.
(09-25-2011 08:54 PM)Lady Cop Wrote: this jailbird is about to have her 6th & 7th kids but can't "afford" a photo of her little daughter.
word in the neighborhood is they were too drunk to take polys. i got this from a reliable source.
search is now over for tonight. so wherever that baby is, she's out there another long night.
This is all messed up. Mom's lawsuit alleging sexual assault while incarcerated bothers me a lot. She claims she's so depressed that she will need pharmaceuticals and she lost her ability to enjoy life. She has 5 kids. Whether her claims are true or she's trying to bilk the system, it's a bleak picture of the home life. Now, one of her little ones is missing. Not accusing, but my antenna is way up.
P.s. Apparently, she enjoyed life a bit after filing the suit in June of 2010. Enough to get pregnant with twins not too long afterwards.