The attacked took place last January 30 at the Meadow’s Unit of Emman Prison. The unit houses close to 1,300 child molesters, rapists as well as other sexual offenders.
The teacher had been administering the test for high school equivalency to an estimated half dozen of the prison inmates inside a classroom that had no guard close by. She only had a radio to ask for help.
Following the attack, the states department of correction released very little information. However, a new agency put together what they believe happened based upon investigative reports and interviews obtained under the Public Records Act in Arizona.
After the final inmate left the testing room, Jacob Harvey requested the teacher to open the room’s bathroom. He attacked her, the records showed. The inmate is accused of stabbing the teacher in her head with a pen, forcing her down on the ground and then raping her.
Investigators were told by the teacher that she had screamed to be helped but that no one arrived to help.
One former warden said the assault just highlights the chronic amount of understaffing and lax policies regarding security that has prison staff at risk.
Officials of the state prisons dismiss the former warden’s concerns. They said that the assault is a risk that the job brings when overseeing inmates that are violent.
Harvey had been serving just his first year of a sentence of 30 years for the rape of a woman in Glendale in November of 2011.
He was only 17, knocked on the victim’s door during the day, and asked her for water to drink then forcing his way in he raped her repeatedly and beat her up. When the roommate of the woman arrived home, Harvey escaped naked.
The woman raped at the prison filed a claim for worker’s compensation against the state of Arizona.