Westchester County, New York settled out of court with a transgender individual, identified as both Wilson Lojan and Mishele in court documents, who allegedly was sexually assaulted while being held in Westchester County Jail. The victim settled for $65,000. The county Board of Legislators approved the settlement last week. In March 2011, Lojan, an Ecuadorian national living in New York state, was put in county jail after charges stemming from attacking a 25-year-old man with scissors in Mount Pleasant. According to court documents, the sexual assault took place that August when a fellow inmate with a history of violent conduct named Spencer Crumbsie, who was employed by the county to assist corrections officers, gained access to Lojan’s cell to give Lojan a broom. Crumbsie then grabbed Lojan’s breasts before forcing Lojan to perform oral sex on him, court documents said.
All people have a right to not be sexually assaulted while incarcerated (or anywhere else).