In September, a New Mexico 16-year-old and her classmates took a tour of the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The girl goes by Tia, as her full name has not been released to the public.
Tia is in the news today as she claims she was verbally abused, groped, and hit by an inmate during her tour of the MDC.
Surveillance video from the day of the group’s tour has been released, but no assault is seen on the footage. Tia and her father say this is because they were frequently standing in areas where surveillance cameras were not pointed.
“I feel like they put you in that area so you can't be caught on camera for anything,” Tia said.
Tia’s father, Martin Ridens, says the fact that cameras were not following the group during their entire visit is irresponsible.
"I just wonder why they have them in areas the camera never hits," he said. “When the inmates are in the field of view of the camera, they're going to behave.”
MDC officials claim a thorough investigation of the alleged assault was conducted, but the findings of the investigation have not been released to the public.