Female inmates settle lawsuit for $1.1M against former guard

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HODGENVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A group of women who were inmates in a Kentucky jail have reached a $1.1 million settlement against a former guard they accused of sexual abuse.

The former guard, Jerome Perry, is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in October on rape and sodomy charges. He worked at the LaRue County Detention Center.

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The former female inmates at the jail accused Perry of sexually abusing them over a period of seven months in 2018.

They said in the lawsuit, which was settled in March, that other guards at the jail looked the other way while the abuse occurred.