Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Abuse of Female Inmates at Live Oak County Jail

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There are new allegations against three former Live Oak County jailers who were convicted in 2012 for violating the civil rights of two female inmates and engaging in improper sexual activity.

A second lawsuit has been filed detailing some new and stunning charges against those former guards and Live Oak County. The new lawsuit involves two other inmates who claim that the Live Oak County Sheriff's Office ran the Live Oak County Jail as a "rape camp."

The suit says that, in the facility, numerous jailers employed by the Sheriff's Office repeatedly raped and humiliated female inmates over an extended period of time. The alleged acts include forcing female inmates to repeatedly perform oral sex on male guards, and the male guards forcing other sex acts against the female inmates. Guards also allegedly forced female inmates to engage in sexual sex acts with other female inmates.

According to the suit, in order to facilitate their carnal impulses, the guards would withhold food and water, engage in physical abuse, restrict privileges and verbally and emotionally abuse the women, and even threaten to kill them in order to compel their compliance. The three former jailers named as defendants in the suit are Vincent Aguilar, Israel Charles, Jr., and Jaime E. Smith.

"I really think it's something to look into," Alice resident Aaron Stehle said. "I mean, they need to dig a little deeper, and background checks and stuff like that, and find out where these guards are coming from."

"It's pretty horrendous to hear that they could carry this on for that long a period of time particularly, and no one find out about it," Edinburg resident Ed Lemaster said.

"That's disgusting," San Antonio resident Jeremy Jenschke said. "There's no other words to describe that. It's just disgusting."

Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby said that, at the advice of the attorney hired by the county, he could not give an on-the-record comment on the situation. The attorney for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit said the same thing.


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