Ex-inmate claims she was sexually harassed by guard at local prison


MCELHATTAN — An exotic dancer claims she was the victim of sexual misconduct while an inmate at the Clinton County Correctional Facility in 2015.

Jada Ferguson charges in a suit filed Tuesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Williamsport that correctional officer Chance Davy forced her to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom she was cleaning in the administrative wing on Nov. 26, 2015.

About a week later while again cleaning a bathroom, Davy unbuttoned her jump suit and digitally penetrated her, her court complaint alleges.

Ferguson of Williamsport claims Davy sexually harassed her because she worked as an exotic dancer. That happened despite her telling him it made her uncomfortable.

After filing complaints about the two alleged bathroom incidents she says she was placed in segregation, denied the opportunity to speak with a counselor and transferred to the Centre County Prison.

To the best of her knowledge, Davy was never disciplined, the suit states. State police investigate all sexual misconduct allegations at the prison, said Warden John Rowley.

As a defendant along with Davy and the prison, he said he could not comment further.

County Commissioner Jeffrey Snyder said he cannot recall Ferguson’s complaints reaching the prison board. Davy resigned to accept other employment, he said.

Court records show Ferguson has drug and theft case convictions in Lycoming and Clinton counties since 2014. She was an inmate at the Clinton County facility between October 2015 and April 2016.

Her suit, which alleges cruel and unusual punishment, failure to properly train and supervise guards, assault and battery, seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.