18 year old inmate Jireh Martin is charged with raping another inmate while behind bars. Both inmates were housed at the Bridge City Center For Youth in Louisiana.
The victim in the case is another youth at the center, according to Beth Touchet-Morgan, executive management advisor for the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice, the agency that manages the facility.
The assault occurred July 6 in a restroom near a recreational area, she said. There are no cameras in the facilities’ bathrooms.
The agency did not release any other details about the alleged rape. But once the assault was reported to staffers, the victim received a sexual assault examination, according to Touchet-Morgan. Staffers executed the sex assault protocols spelled out by the Prison Rape Elimination Act, she said.
Prison rape, especially in youth facilities, is all too common in the United States.
Investigators with the Office of Juvenile Justice established enough probable cause to arrest Martin and booked him with the rape. Bridge City officials are still conducting an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assault.
“Once the investigation is complete, appropriate employee disciplinary action will be taken if warranted. In addition, if warranted, additional security protocols and procedures will be put in force,” Touchet-Morgan said in a statement released Friday.