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Inmate sues prison, alleging harassment



Published: Tue, July 2, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



YOUNGSTOWN -- An inmate at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution is suing the prison and some of its employees for $1 million, alleging he was sexually harassed.

Willie Burley filed a lawsuit recently in federal court in Youngstown.

Besides the prison, the lawsuit names as defendants Paul Whitesal, Christopher Wess and Mark Austin. The men are identified in the lawsuit as prison employees.

A prison spokesman had no immediate comment on the lawsuit and was unable to immediately state why Burley is serving time at Elkton.

Burley claims in the lawsuit that he was subjected to unwanted sexual advances by the defendants while working in the prison laundry.

His job in the laundry ended in June 2000 after he complained about being harassed. The lawsuit also alleges that he was subjected to lewd sexual remarks and unwanted physical contact.

Burley also claims he was threatened with harsh punishment to remain silent. He alleges in the lawsuit that prison officials knew or should have known of its employees' conduct.

Burley is represented by Atty. Patricia Morris of Boardman.




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