Prisoner who was sexually assaulted sues state, OCCC guard

Former corrections officer Ryan Malasig
Former corrections officer Ryan Malasig

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -- A man who was sexually assaulted by an adult corrections officer while incarcerated at the Oahu Community Correctional Center two years ago has filed a lawsuit against the guard and the state of Hawaii.

A Circuit Court judge last week sentenced Ryan Malasig to 18 months in jail, after he pleaded no contest to second-degree sexual assault. Prosecutors say a 33-year-old male inmate, who was living as a woman, was on kitchen duty at OCCC, when Malasig entered the module and had the prisoner perform oral sex on him.

"It was horrible for me," the victim said in a letter that was read during Thursday's sentencing. "I couldn't sleep or eat. All the uniformed guards looked just like you. I saw you in all of their faces. I couldn't trust authority anymore."

The lawsuit alleges that the state negligently hired, trained and supervised Malasig and, as a result, the plaintiff suffered severe emotional distress. The suit seeks unspecified general and punitive damages.

Public safety officials did not return our call for comment.

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