NYC Woman Gets $425K Settlement After Being Sexually Abused By Correction Officers On Rikers Island
An unidentified woman has received a $425,000 settlement from New York City after being sexually abused by three correction officers while serving time at New York’s Rikers Island, NY Daily News reports.
The woman accused officers Steven Santiago, David Johnson and Nana Osei of sexually abusing her in 2015 and 2016 in a lawsuit filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
While at the Rose M. Singer Center, the 33-year-old woman said Santiago forced her to watch him pleasure himself to pornography and would force her to do the same. In November 2015, Johnson demanded that she do the same things she did for Santiago. In early 2016, she was approached by an investigator from the Department of Investigation and was asked to wear a wire. The investigator was aware of Santiago’s inappropriate behavior, and the woman made her aware of Johnson’s abuse after being approached.
In September 2016, Osei began making comments towards her, saying she was “pretty and that he liked her,” the lawsuit reads. He then forced her to have sexual intercourse in a broom closet at least four times. She also said on two occasions Osei brought her cereal boxes full of marijuana, tobacco and the opioid Suboxone.
The disgraced officers have not been charged yet, according to the Bronx District Attorney’s office, and they deny all the allegations against them.
Each officer has to pay $750 towards the settlement. As far as their jobs, the Correction Department is looking to fire Santiago and Osei. All three of the officers cannot have contact with the inmates.
The unidentified woman is no longer at Rikers Island, as she is serving a six-year bid for robbery at Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, NY.