Thursday, May 8, 2003

Five inmates in court in attack on teen

The Cincinnati Enquirer

WILLIAMSTOWN - Five Grant County jail inmates appeared in court Wednesday on charges they assaulted and sodomized an 18-year-old being held overnight on a traffic violation.

Attorneys said during the status hearing that they were prepared to take the case to trial May 30.

Alexander B. Castillo, Christopher Willie Harris, Edward Allen Pelfrey, Robert J. Tester and Victor Ray Zipp are charged with first-degree sodomy and fourth-degree assault.

A grand jury has declined to indict any members of the jail staff, though the teen's civil suit against the county claims they were negligent in not protecting him.

After being booked at the jail Feb. 13, according to court records, the 18-year-old was placed in the general population of the jail, where he was attacked. The teen told investigators he was stripped of his clothes, carried overhead by a mob of prisoners and led to the showers, where he was violently attacked and sexually abused.

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