FAIRFIELD — A Solano County jail inmate claims he was sexually assaulted by another jail inmate in a courthouse holding cell.
The accusation is contained in court documents filed at the courthouse Tuesday by a Sheriff’s Office detective investigating what happened just a few feet from the courtroom of Commissioner William J. Pendergast on the afternoon of Aug. 12.
Court records reflect the victim was awaiting arraignment on felony robbery and vandalism charges with four other inmates scheduled for Pendergast’s 1:30 p.m. court calendar. After three of those inmates appeared in court and were escorted back to jail, the victim was left alone in the holding cell with an inmate he said he had never seen before.
The victim claims he was sitting on a toilet at the back of the holding cell that is obstructed by a partial privacy partition when the other inmate stood in front of him, exposed himself and asked the victim to perform a sex act. The inmate told investigators he felt intimidated and trapped and did as he was asked. The victim said the other inmate did not threaten or assault him.
The victim told his defense attorney about the incident a week later, before telling investigators about his assailant’s distinctive tattoos and body markings.
A pair of jail guards who were escorting the men to their court appearances saw the two inmates in the toilet stall area and asked them about what they were doing. The victim said nothing inappropriate had happened and the other inmate said he had just been showing off his tattoos. After the accusation was made, the accused inmate refused to talk to investigators.
No criminal charges have been filed in the matter.
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