Crime & Courts

SC prison employee reports being sexually assaulted by inmate, corrections department says

Authorities are investigating after an employee at a South Carolina prison reported being sexually assaulted by an inmate, Department of Corrections officials said.

The staff member reported the alleged assault Wednesday at Ridgeland Correctional Institution, SCDC spokeswoman Chrysti Shain said.

Ridgeland Correctional is a medium security facility located in Ridgeland.

The employee was taken to a local hospital and treated, Shain said. He or she was later released.

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division and SCDC’s Police Services division are investigating the alleged assault. No charges have been filed in the case thus far.

Emily Bohatch helps cover South Carolina’s government for The State. She also updates The State’s databases. Her accomplishments include winning a Green Eyeshade award in Disaster Reporting in 2018 for her teamwork reporting on Hurricane Irma. She has a degree in Journalism with a minor in Spanish from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism.