In a federal lawsuit filed in Springfield, a man claims he was forced to endure repeated assaults and unwanted sexual advances inside the Rushville Treatment and Detention Facility.
The facility, which is operated by the state Department of Human Services, houses about 500 people designated as dangerous sex offenders under the Illinois Sexually Violent Persons Act.
People who fit under this category are those determined by the court to have a mental disorder that makes it probable they will engage in sexually violent acts.
Court documents state that Michael Mulder, who filed the federal lawsuit, was committed to the Rushville facility for aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 10-year-old victim and aggravated unlawful restraint in Clinton County.
In the court complaint, Mulder says that he has been assaulted twice by different roommates. Furthermore, he claims that officials ignored his repeated concerns about sexual abuse and harassment, and even threatened him for complaining about attacks by others also being held in the facility.
“Defendants…have deliberately engaged in the acts of requiring [me] to have and maintain a roommate that is known to them to be a sexually violent person and sexually violent while in their custody,” Mulder says in the lawsuit.
Mulder goes on to say that, “Making this situation worse is the fact that the defendants then engage in acts of punishment and retaliation or threat-making when you complain about being sexually assaulted.”
Mulder names at least 18 people who he says should have somehow intervened. Included in that list are security officers and counselors.
Mulder also said that internal security investigator James C. Clayton warned Mulder that if he pressed any charges, he would be charged with making false allegations, and that he would be sent back to prison.
According to the complaint, Clayton called Mulder a “known homo” who “deserved what [he] got.”
Mulder noted that he has been a victim of sexual abuse since he was 6 years old, and that these events have resulted in him being committed to the facility. He also argued that the incidents within the facility have caused him further emotional trauma; however, his requests for treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder were ignored.
Jacksonville Journal Courier reports that the lawsuit asks for $1 in both compensatory and punitive damages and for “permanent relief preventing any further abuse or retaliation” against himself or others.
Sources: Jacksonville Journal Courier, http://press.senaterepublicancaucus.com
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