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Lawyer: Prisoner is HIV positive after jail rapes

3 years ago March 28, 2012 Mar 28, 2012 Wednesday, March 28 2012 Wednesday, March 28, 2012 9:23:07 AM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - The Southern Poverty Law Center accuses New Orleans jail officials of failing to protect a transsexual prisoner from being repeatedly raped.

In a letter Tuesday to Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, SPLC attorney Katie Schwartzmann claims the prisoner was gang-raped at knifepoint in February and tested positive for the HIV virus after another alleged rape.

On Wednesday, Schwartzmann said the Sheriff's Office has moved the prisoner to a different part of the jail.

Schwartmann said the center is pleased with the move but isn't ruling out suing on behalf of the prisoner, who was born with male anatomy and is housed with male prisoners but identifies herself as a woman.

Gusman disputes the group's allegations and says a medical exam indicates the prisoner wasn't sexual assaulted.

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