Jailer accused of sexually assaulting inmate

December 4, 2010 5:28:59 AM PST
A prison guard is off the job and charged with a very serious crime. At issue is what he's accused of doing to an inmate at the Stringfellow Unit in Brazoria County.

The allegations are graphic. The inmate told investigators he was forced to perform sex acts against his will. He made an outcry to his mother and to an activist.

We are concealing the identities of the inmate and his mother because of the nature of the crime.

Sure her son is in prison, but she's still a mom, and now it's harder than ever not to worry.

"Just want him to be OK and be safe," she said. "I don't really have a lot of trust in them to even protect him."

Last month, the 32-year-old inmate at the Stringfellow Unit in Brazoria County told her he had been sexually assaulted. His attacker, he says, was correctional officer Casmir Irielle. To keep him quiet, the inmate claims, Irielle threatened to tell other inmates what he had been convicted of -- sexual assaulting a child, which doesn't sit well in prison.

"They beat him, they rape him, they may kill him," the inmate's mother said.

He tried to reach out she says but no one listened.

"They look at him lik, 'Who are you? You're nobody, you're in prison,'" the mother said.

Instead, according to a court document, he saved bodily fluids twice. The guard, it says, would come in early in the morning and assault him. Investigators got a sample of his DNA and the document says there was a match.

"Science doesn't lie. He was telling the truth," community activist Quanell X said.

Irielle has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and has been on leave ever since. We found him at his home in Angleton.

"Are you Mr Irielle? I'm Jessica with Channel 13. I'm here to ask you question against the charges against you. Do you want to say anything in your defense? Did you assault that man in prison?" we asked Irielle.

Irielle didn't want to say anything about the charges.

Over the phone, Texas Department of Criminal Justice Inspector General John Moriarty told us, "We have zero tolerance. Nobody should be subject to any kind of physical or sexual abuse while incarcerated."

"He's not above the law," the inmate's mother said.

The mother looks forward to a prosecution and now just hopes he son will be safe.

"Regardless of what they've done, he's still a human being he should have some type of respect, even though that you're in jail," she said.

Irielle has been employed with TDCJ since Febuary of 2009. He is on paid leave pending the outcome of the criminal case. He is out of jail on a $75,000 bond, and if convicted, faces up to life in prison.


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