Former jail guard charged with sexual assault
Rockland — A 27-year-old former jail guard was arrested Oct. 2 and charged with gross sexual assault against a woman who was incarcerated at Knox County Jail.
Adam Grierson, listed as living in South Thomaston and Camden, was released from custody on $10,000 cash bail the same day he was apprehended. He faces three counts of gross sexual assault and will make an initial appearance in Knox County Superior Court Nov. 27, according to court documents.
The complaint filed against Grierson states three sexual encounters occurred while the female victim was incarcerated at the jail in 2012.
Detective Sgt. Chris Young of the Rockland Police Department investigated the case and interviewed the victim, of Washington, who was incarcerated from November 2011 to March 2012. She told Young during the July interview she had sex with Grierson in exchange for cigarettes while she was an inmate. She also provided names of three women she was housed with at the jail who could confirm her allegations. When interviewed, the witnesses were able to provide details supporting the victim's statements, according to the affidavit.
In August, Young interviewed Grierson, and he admitted to having sex with the victim, but added he was not giving her cigarettes for sex, but rather he was giving her cigarettes randomly, said the affidavit.
The victim has also filed a civil lawsuit against Grierson in U.S. District Court. The case will be ready for trial by June 2014, according to an order issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge John H. Rich III.
The plaintiff filed the federal lawsuit in July claiming Grierson coerced her into having sex with him. The suit seeks $300,000 in punitive damages, plus attorneys fees, interest and costs. The lawsuit also cites Knox County Sheriff Donna Dennison for failing to prevent the incidents.
In the civil matter, Grierson is represented by Portland attorney John J. Wall III.
Grierson denies all allegations of the suit and his response, filed Sept. 11, states he acted in good faith and without knowledge that his conduct violated any clearly established constitutional or statutory rights of the plaintiff. It further contends the plaintiff's own conduct was the sole or a contributing cause of her injuries.
He is also seeking judgment in his favor, with the court awarding him attorney fees and other relief.
This sexual contact constitutes unlawful sexual touching and unlawful sexual contact under Maine law, according to the suit. The lawsuit cites this as a violation of the Maine Civil Rights Act.
She is also stating this constitutes excessive force and cruel and unusual punishment violating the Fourth, Eighth and 14th Amendments to the constitution.
The jail's leadership is cited for failure to train staff appropriately and prevent the incidents. The suit claims corrections officers have reported concerns about male officers having sex with inmates to their superiors, and states that other instances of this activity have taken place, once right across from the control booth at the jail.
In July, Dennison said the plaintiff's damages were caused by the acts of another individual other than herself, and further contends the plaintiff fails to state a claim for punitive damages against her, according to court documents.
The victim is represented by three attorneys: William Maddox of Rockland, Paul J. Greene, of Portland, and Eric M. Mehnert, of Bangor.
Courier Publications' reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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