Raped in Columbia County jail by cellmate, teen tells deputies

A Martinez teen told police he was forcibly raped by his cellmate last week while serving time in the Columbia County Detention Center.


The 17-year-old man told jailers Friday morning that during the night his 19-year-old cellmate came to his bunk, pulled his pants down and forcibly sodomized him despite several pleas to stop. The teen was then taken to University Hospital for a rape kit evaluation, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.

The reported victim, serving a sentence for a shoplifting conviction and an arrest for terroristic threats and acts, was relocated within the jail to serve the remainder of his sentence, according to sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris.

The victim’s cellmate, an Evans man in the jail charged with driving with a suspended license and no proof of insurance, is being held on a $2,200 bond.

The sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation of the incident. If the rape suspect is able to post bond before the investigation is complete, he will be released. He can be charged and arrested later in the incident, Capt. Morris said.

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