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Suburban NYC jail guards mistreated female inmates: DA

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Posted at 9:06 PM, Jul 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-31 21:06:31-04

NEW CITY, N.Y. — Two jail guards in the New York City suburbs were indicted Friday on charges alleging they sexually mistreated non-white female inmates.

Christopher Taggart, 39, is accused of allowing contraband into the Rockland County Correctional Center and engaging in what prosecutors deemed an “inappropriate relationship with female minority inmates.”

John Kezek, 35, is accused of sexual harassment.

Both are charged with multiple counts of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, while Taggart also faces charges of promoting prison contraband, a felony.

Information on lawyers who could speak on their behalf was not listed in court records.

A telephone number for the county correctional officers’ union connected instead to the county sheriff’s office.