A pregnant woman claims she was raped in jail by a Ferguson corrections officer last year, according to a federal lawsuit filed Friday.
The woman, J.W., was stopped by Ferguson police on Oct. 13, 2013 because her license plates were expired and was arrested after giving a false name.
“You smell good,” J.W. claims Officer Hayden said to her during her booking. “This will teach you a lesson.”
J.W.’s boyfriend eventually posted her bond but Officer Hayden said she still had traffic warrants from other cities.
In exchange for securing her release, Officer Hayden took J.W. to the boiler room and proceeded to have sex with her and she did not resist out of fear, according to the lawsuit.
The suit also claims that Officer Hayden led her to a side door and told her to stay close to the building when leaving to presumably stay out of the sight of security cameras.
J.W. went to a hospital afterwards and DNA tests confirmed pubic hair on her body was from Hayden.
“The conduct of City of Ferguson law enforcement in engaging in repeated acts of violence and constitutional violations against the citizenry constitutes a pattern,” the lawsuit asserts.
The lawsuit comes at a poor time for the city as provocateurs posing as protestors are expected to riot in response to the jury decision on whether to indict Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown during an altercation on Aug. 9.
Wilson is not expected to be charged.