Queens jail guards face assault rap

Four guards at a jail in Queens for federal prisoners were indicted Thursday for beating and humiliating an inmate after he complimented a woman guard about her appearance, authorities said.

The attack in April on the unidentified inmate at the Queens Private Detention Facility in Jamaica was in retaliation for telling guard Krystal Mack that she looked good, according to court papers.

“It may have been said in a leering way,” a source said.

A supervisor, Marvin Wells, and two other guards marched the inmate to the shower room and ordered him to strip naked, according to court papers.

Wells allegedly struck the inmate repeatedly in the neck causing his head to slam against the wall. There are no surveillance cameras inside the shower room.

After the inmate dressed, “Wells forced him to kneel and made him apologize to Mack,” according to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan.

The guards allegedly conspired to cover up the attack, but two co-workers came forward to corroborate the inmate’s account.

The prison is owned and operated by the GEO Group under a contract with the U.S. Marshal Service.

Mack still works at the jail, but Wells and co-defendants Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray are no longer employed there.

“This prosecution affirms our strong commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals not to be subjected to injustice and excessive force by officers whose duty it is to uphold the law,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.

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http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2008/11/20/2008-11-20_queens_jail_guards_face_assault_rap-2.html

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