A cook in the Orange County Jail is being charged with at least two counts of sexual assault based on inappropriate sexual conduct with female inmates. You commit sexual assault (interchangeably referred to as sexual battery) in California anytime you touch the intimate part of another person for the purpose of sexual assault, gratification or abuse without that person’s consent.
In this case, it is alleged that the cook…who was in charge of supervising the two female inmates…abused his authority when he followed one inmate into a closet and then touched her breasts and cornered another inmate in a storage room forcing her to kiss him.
Although many people may be unaffected by this type of news…since the victims are incarcerated convicted criminals…all persons, even jail/prison inmates have the right to be free from being victimized by another person.
If convicted, the cook faces up to six months in the county jail and fines of up to $2,000 per incident.