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Jun 20, 2013 7:12 PM by Jessica Holley - jholley@kristv.com

Second Federal Lawsuit Filed Against Former Live Oak County Jailers

LIVE OAK COUNTY - A second federal lawsuit has been filed against three former live oak county jailers. Last year, the men were convicted on two counts of improper sexual activity with female inmates.

This week, two more women came forward claiming they too were sexually assaulted by the jailers.

According to the lawsuit, the two women are accusing the live oak county jail of running a "rape camp" from 2007 to 2010.

Former Live Oak County jailers, Vincent Aguilar, Israel Charles Junior, and Jaime Smith are behind bars convicted of improper sexual activity with female inmates. And now, two more former inmates have stepped forward claiming they were forced to perform sex acts on the former jailers and on each other.

This is now the second lawsuit filed against the three men and the county.

According to the most recent lawsuit, the women claim the male guards "would strip the female inmates of their clothing and provide only shaving cream to conceal their genitalia".

The lawsuit also states the guards reportedly, "force(d) the female inmates to shower in front of them".

One of the victims claims she was warned by another jailer about Aguilar and Smith saying,"trust me,stay away from them. I can't tell you why, I'd lose my job".

Later the woman reports "both men (Smith and Aguilar) forcibly and inappropriately touched" her, though she alleges all three men forced her to perform lewd acts on her.

Court documents state, the Louisiana woman's charges, which is what put her in Live Oak custody, were later dismissed.

The other victim, a Texas woman, claims the guards would "withhold food, drink, essential hygiene items, threaten to harm her, or take away privileges" if she did not do as the guards said.

Court documents say the abuse was so widely known that inmates in neighboring Jim Wells County knew of the sexual assaults.

Due to the pending lawsuit, Live Oak County Sheriff Larry Busby was unable to comment on the allegations against the jailers.


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