An 18-year-old Bronx resident has filed a lawsuit claiming workers at a juvenile detention center use their teen prisoners as “sex slaves.”
Franklin Maldonado said he was placed at the Horizon Juvenile Center in the Bronx in 2013 and 2014, when he was just 15 years old, reported The NY Post.
The Manhattan federal lawsuit claims supervisor Natalie Medford told Maldonado that if he “took care of her needs,” she would protect him from disciplinary action and give him special privileges such as use of her cellphone and the ability to watch “special” movies.
Maldonado says he had sex with Medford on three to four occasions, and that the acts would happen either in his cell or in her office.
They also engaged in ‘numerous other affectionate conduct such as kissing, holding hands and caressing his back’, reported Daily Mail.
Medford would also have another worker fetch Maldonado from solitary confinement and then bring her to her office for sexual encounters.
Male workers chose not to speak out against the illegal acts. A male tour supervisor, Ike, told him that female guards having sex with male inmates was ‘business as usual’ at the center.
An operator at Horizon claimed he could not locate a worker there named Medford.
The lawsuit seeks $6million in compensatory damages, either collectively or from each of the 10 defendants.
The city Department of Investigation and the Bronx District Attorney’s Office told the NY Post they are investigating the allegations.