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A person who was held at Maine’s youth jail in South Portland has sued the state over alleged abuse and sexual assaults he endured whereas in custody as a teen.
Todd Hood, who was intermittently held at Lengthy Creek Youth Growth Middle between 1998 and 2005 from age 11 to 18, filed his lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Courtroom in Portland, in accordance with the Portland Press Herald.
After being held at Lengthy Creek, Hood was “certain over” to an grownup facility as soon as he turned 18, the Press Herald reported.
In his lawsuit, Hood alleges Lengthy Creek workers held him in isolation in an eight-by-10-foot cell 23 hours a day, bodily restrained him, performed strip searches, and withheld train, meals and clothes as punishment, violating his Eighth Modification rights, in accordance with the newspaper.
Whereas held in isolation, Hood alleges he was subjected to “extreme warmth” throughout summer season and “insufficient warmth” throughout winter, the Press Herald reported.
That therapy worsened Hood’s psychological well being, significantly his nervousness, despair and panic, inflicting emotional outbursts that led to additional isolation, the lawsuit says.
Hood stated within the lawsuit he was sexually assaulted by two inmates on the Cumberland County Jail in Portland when he was 13, and was sexually assaulted once more by an grownup inmate held at Lengthy Creek when Hood was 15, in accordance with the Press Herald.
Hood alleges the assaults weren’t investigated and his abusers weren’t punished.
The lawsuit names the Maine Division of Corrections and a number of other former Lengthy Creek workers. Hood is in search of an unspecified quantity of damages.