Attica, N.Y. — A female correctional officer was repeatedly sexually assaulted by an inmate at the maximum-security prison in Attica Wednesday.
A 38-year-old inmate grabbed the woman’s groin area multiple times and fought with other officers attempting to stop him, according to a news release from the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.
The inmate, who is currently serving 19 years for first-degree robbery, was leaving a Covid-19 testing site inside the Attica Correctional Facility when he grabbed the female officer, union officials said.
The female officer grabbed the inmate’s arm and forced him against the wall with the assistance of two colleagues, they said.
While resisting the three officers, the inmate grabbed the woman’s groin again.
The officers then forced the inmate to the floor, union officials said. The inmate fell on top of the female guard and continued to grope her and pull her hair while on the ground.
Two civilian instructors assisted the corrections officers by controlling the inmate’s legs and torso until backup arrived, they said.
The inmate was quickly placed in handcuffs and escorted away. During the escort, he kicked another officer in the leg.
The inmate, who has already served 11 years in prison, was placed in a special housing unit. There are disciplinary charges pending against the man.
The female officer sustained a head injury and was treated at Buffalo General Medical Center, they said.
The inmate is currently eligible for parole in four years, union officials said.
“He needs to be prosecuted for sexual assault so the chance of being released on parole in 2026 is no longer an option,” said Kenny Gold, NYSCOPBA Western Region Vice President. “If he is willing to blatantly assault a female officer with other staff around, he is not fit to be roaming free in society.”