Former jail guard faces rape, abuse charges

A former correction officer already accused of raping and sexually abusing female inmates at a New York jail has pleaded not guilty to additional charges filed by a grand jury.

August 31, 2010 3:31:03 PM PDT
A former correction officer already accused of raping and sexually abusing female inmates at a New York jail has pleaded not guilty to additional charges filed by a grand jury.

Mark Barber was arraigned on an 80-count indictment Tuesday. He had been arrested in December and charged with 58 counts of rape, sex abuse and other crimes.

His attorney did not immediately return a telephone call for comment.

Nassau County officials on Long Island say Barber used his position as a grievance officer for the county jail's female inmate population to engage in sexual relationships. They say Barber targeted inmates with histories of drug abuse, prostitution, or mental health treatment.

Seven women have come forward with abuse allegations.

Barber has been fired. He faces up to 20 years if convicted.


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