Transgender Man Accuses Georgia Deputy Of Sexually Assaulting Him In Jail

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An unidentified transgender man in Georgia is suing after a former deputy allegedly sexually assaulted him repeatedly while he was in jail.

Gwinnett County Deputy Duone Clark, 40, lost his job after he was charged with the 2012 sexual assault.

The transgender victim now says the assaults occurred repeatedly for nearly a month.

"When the guard confronted him, my client said he wasn't interest in doing what he wanted him to do," said attorney Jeff Sliz. "He told him that this was his pod and he would do what he told him to do."

"He was violated by his protector," Sliz added.

The victim is suing Clark, Sheriff Butch Conway and Gwinnett County. Sliz says no one was monitoring the surveillance cameras where the assaults took place and there was no second officer assigned to the area.

"They had it set up to monitor these people, but they just didn't do it," Sliz said.

"Gwinnett County, which knew or should have known that transgender inmates are at greater risk of sexual assault by detention officers, was deliberately indifferent to the risk of harm to Plaintiff by not having policies and procedures in place to address that risk other than State Law penal statues," says the federal lawsuit.

Pending legal action, the Sheriff's office could not comment on the incident.

"Immediately following this inmate's allegation, Duone Clarke was placed on Administrative Leave," said Gwinnett County Sheriff's Deputy Shannon Volkodav. "At the conclusion of the subsequent investigation, Duone Clarke was terminated and our agency obtained criminal arrest warrants."

Sources: WSB-TV, NewsOne