A Ferguson corrections officer is the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit after being accused of raping a pregnant inmate in exchange for her freedom.
The woman, who uses her initials J.W. in the lawsuit, was driving with expired license plates last month when she was pulled over by Ferguson police and then arrested for giving them a fake name. Jaris Hayden, 29, was the officer on duty, and while booking her in jail, he allegedly told the woman “you smell good”.
The St. Louis Dispatch reports that the woman’s boyfriend soon arrived at the jail to begin the process of posting bail. Hayden claimed that the woman had traffic warrants and other outstanding paperwork against her. At this point the woman expressed her desperation to be released – “I will do anything to go home”.
Hayden then coerced the victim to the boiler room where he forced her into oral sex and then eventually intercourse. Afterwards he guided her through an exit that contained no security cameras.
The woman then made her way to a Subway joint across the street and compiled the evidence she would use against Hayden, including pubic hairs that she had secured from their sexual activity. According to the St. Louis Dispatch, DNA testing confirmed the hairs belonged to the officer.
Hayden now faces two counts of sexual misconduct with prisoner, one count of allowing escape, and one count of acceding to corruption by a public servant.
Hayden’s attorney, Scott Rosenblum informed Reuters that his client plans on not pleading guilty to the charges.