Prison guards accused of assaults

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Four Hawaii corrections officers have been suspended over accusations they sexually assaulted female inmates.

(KHNL) The list of Hawaii corrections officers accused of sexually assaulting female inmates has grown.

Four are now under investigation. And while two have already been arrested, all four are still getting their state paychecks.

A half dozen inmates at the Women’s Community Correctional Center in Kailua have reported being assaulted this year.

In some cases, they kept clothing with DNA evidence.

Jana Cruz, the mother of one of the inmates, says her daughter told her through tears that one ACO had been assaulting her since February.

“She said, ‘I’ve been molested in here and if I don’t comply with this certain person I won’t eat,'” Cruz said.

Cruz’s daughter was convicted of theft, and she says her daughter shouldn’t have to face assault while serving her time.

“He would tell her, ‘The only way you could eat is if you do this to me or you do that to me,’ and sometimes it was forced on her,” Cruz said.

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