Woman Claims Rape By Suffolk Jail Officer
A female prisoner at the Suffolk County jail was beaten, sodomized, raped and impregnated by a correction officer in May, according to a notice of claim filed last week that asks for $50 million in damages from the county.

The Mastic Beach woman, whom Newsday is not identifying, said in an interview about the correction officer: "He ruined my life. Now I'll have a child that I never even planned on. I hope he gets what he deserves."

Michael Sharkey, chief of staff for the county Sheriff's Office, which oversees the jail, said last Thursday that no criminal charges have been filed against anyone at the jail.

"We don't have any supporting evidence, but the investigation is continuing," Sharkey said. "Initially she made an initial complaint, and later she changed it to say something else. . . . It has to be thoroughly investigated."

Sharkey declined to elaborate on the changes or to speculate as to when the investigation would be completed.

District Attorney Thomas Spota will get involved in the case only if the Sheriff's Office determines that there was criminal wrongdoing and refers the case to his office, according to Robert Clifford, Spota's spokesman.

Court records indicate that the 40-year-old woman was arrested on a grand larceny charge, accusing her of buying $3,927 worth of goods with a stolen Citibank credit card in July 2008.

Although initially freed on her own recognizance, she was rearrested earlier this year in Florida when she failed to appear at a scheduled court date. She was brought back to Long Island and was being held at the Suffolk County Correctional Facility on $10,000 bail, pending her next court appearance.

The alleged attack took place on May 11 in a broom closet, according to the notice of claim. She has since been released from the jail.

Vito Dagnello, president of the county Correction Officers Association, said he did not want to comment in detail while the investigation is ongoing, but he said the woman's credibility might come under scrutiny because she has a criminal arrest record and has an extensive mental history record.

Her lawyers, Mark Kirshner of East Islip and Joseph Hanshe of Sayville, have said the woman has been treated for bipolar disorder, but said the time frame of her pregnancy supports her claim that she became pregnant while in jail.

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