Female Inmates Claim Okla. Governor’s Mansion Chef, Gardener Raped Them
October 13, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Three female inmates are claiming they were raped by workers at the Oklahoma governor’s mansion, while tending the grounds of the building. The inmates say they were forced into a storage building by the former head chef and gardener/groundskeeper and raped.
Ironically, the off-site work detail, maintaining the shrubs and gardens at the governor’s mansion, was meant as an award for good behavior. But at least three well-behaved female inmates were “rewarded” with rape while being held down by the second perpetrator. The women say they were victims of violent acts of sexual battery, forcible sodomy and rape.
The alleged rapes did not come to light, until one of the victims was released from prison. She was afraid to come forward while she was still incarcerated, for fear of retribution. She came forward she says, to try and stop the Hillside Community Corrections Center from sending other female inmates to the govenor’s mansion, so they would not suffer the same fate she did.
An investigation identified two other victims, and other inmates are being questioned.
The alleged assaults occurred between March 2008 and January 2009.
The head chef and gardener were fired on Sept. 29 for violating departmental policies, after a three-month investigation launched by the Department of Corrections.
According to the Associated Press, the former workers have been identified, as Russell Humphries, the former head chef and Anthony Bobelu, the former gardener/ groundskeeper. No charges are pending against the two men.
The Department of Corrections recently sent its completed findings to the Oklahoma County District Attorney’s office.