In suit, 10 women allege sex abuse at Hawaii women's prison

In suit, 10 women allege sex abuse at Hawaii women's prison
Published: Mar. 31, 2017 at 4:53 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 1, 2017 at 1:25 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A new lawsuit claims that sex abuse at the women's prison in Kailua was more widespread than realized.

Hawaii News Now first broke the story in 2015 of how prison guards at the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua traded contraband for sexual favors.

Now, 10 women have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu, alleging that five WCCC staffers, including a female guard, coerced them into having sex.

"It runs the whole gamut whether it's oral sex intercourse, masturbation, you name it. The guards take pictures, they have cell phones on," said attorney Myles Breiner, who filed the suit.

The women are not named in the suit because nine of the 10 are still locked up at the Kailua facility.

"It's so disgusting that anybody could prey on somebody with no power. That to me is criminal," said Kat Brady, coordinator for the Community Alliance on Prisons.

The suit accuses the female ACO, Chavon Freitas, of having sex with a female inmate in a kitchen, a bathroom and even an janitor's closet.

In exchange, Freitas allegedly gave the woman "clothing and hair care products ... and a 14-karat, white-gold wedding band."

That inmate says she was given "granola bars and Fiber One bars" in exchange with sex with another guard.

The suit says that same male guard allegedly exposed his genitals in the food tray slot of another inmate's cell.

And yet another male guard allegedly provided a third female inmate with crystal meth, drug paraphernalia, and even needles for shooting up in exchange for sex. Days later, the woman attempted suicide, the suit said.

"They put her in a hospital where she's recovering from temporary paralysis from the neck down and the guard that did this to her is watching her," said Breiner.

Hawaii News Now was told that three of the guards -- Freitas, Taofi Magalei and Brent Bauman -- have been removed from the prison but no charges have been filed.

The state Department of Public Safety declined comment, saying it has not yet seen the suit.

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