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Ferguson corrections officer allegedly raped woman in jail, lawsuit claims

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A corrections officer in the City of Ferguson is facing allegations he raped a female inmate.

According to the civil suit obtained by News 4, the defendant, identified only as J.W., said officer Jaris Hayden forced her to have oral sex with in before raping her in October, 2013.

According to the lawsuit, a Ferguson police officer stopped J.W. for having expired license plates on or about October 9, 2013.  J.W. then allegedly gave that officer a false name, leading to her arrest.

Once in jail, Hayden allegedly told J.W. "you smell good." 

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J.W., who was pregnant at the time, then complained to Hayden she was having pain and discharges.  Hayden checked with a supervisor who called an ambulance.  After the paramedics checked her vital signs, they told Hayden it was up to him if they could take J.W.

J.W.'s boyfriend arrived at the jail to post bond, but while J.W. was signing release papers, she was notified of traffic warrants from other municipalities.  It was then she allegedly said "I will do anything to go home."  According to the suit, that did not mean she was willing to have intercourse.

Hayden then allegedly led the woman to the jail's boiler room, where he motioned for oral sex.  They later had vaginal intercourse, according to the lawsuit.  J.W. was then allegedly released out of the side door of the jail.  The lawsuit alleges this was to hide from any cameras in the jail.

During the intercourse, it's reported that J.W. got one of Hayden pubic hairs in her hand. The pubic hair was tested and confirmed via DNA testing to belong to Hayden, according to the suit.

Hayden is charged with public servant acceding to corruption, sexual contact with an inmate, and permitting escape.  There is a federal civil suit filed as well as a criminal suit in St. Louis County.

On Monday, a lawfirm representing the city of Ferguson released the following statement.

Following the filing of a lawsuit on Friday, the City of Ferguson can confirm that Jaris Hayden was previously a corrections officer for the City of Ferguson. Immediately upon learning of the complaint against Mr. Hayden, the City undertook an investigation which resulted in Mr. Hayden's termination from employment. In addition, City officials and employees cooperated with federal authorities with respect to the matter. Mr. Hayden was terminated on November 19, 2013. He had been a corrections officer for the City of Ferguson since May 25, 2012.

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