An ex-prisoner who impregnated a prison counselor while incarcerated in a Jackson, Michigan, prison is now charging in a lawsuit that the jail employee forced him to be her “sex slave.”
Ex-inmate Steven Moerman filed suit alleging that prison counselor Susan Lee Clingerman used him as a “virtual sex slave, demanding sexual gratification at her whim” while he was incarcerated at the Parnall Correctional Facility in 2014, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Moerman, who was seeing the prison therapist for mental issues, charges that the prison employee exploited his mental condition. The ex-prisoner also charges that prison officials knew what was going on and did nothing to stop it. Moerman even claims some prison employees acted as lookouts to make sure no one interrupted the sessions.
The suit goes on to charge that prison officials neglected to stop the rapes.
“Defendants failed to provide Mr. Moerman humane conditions of confinement by knowingly, voluntarily, recklessly, and with willful disregard to Mr. Moerman’s personal safety, allowing him to be sexually assaulted and raped,” the suit says.
Moerman also charges that the prison counselor underwent fertility treatment to assure he impregnated her.
According to records, therapist Clingerman and the prisoner were caught in the act of having sex in September of 2014. The woman later admitted to having sexual relations with the prisoner and informed her superiors that she had become pregnant with Moerman’s child.
Clingerman also said in a statement that she knew what she was doing was wrong. “I did not know I could be prosecuted for this,” she wrote. “I knew I could get into trouble — including firing.”
The therapist has since had her social worker license revoked and was fired by the prison system.
Clingerman pleaded guilty to a felony charge of misconduct in office to stay off the sex offender registry. She received a 27-day prison sentence and 18 months of probation.
A federal law maintains that any sexual relations between prisoners and prison officials or guards is designated as rape because prisoners are in no position to make a free choice.
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