Wyoming looks to settle inmate's sex abuse lawsuit

Cheyenne, WY – The Wyoming Attorney General's Office says
it's working to settle a lawsuit filed by a former prison inmate who claims that he was beaten and sexually assaulted at the state penitentiary in Rawlins.

The inmate filed a federal lawsuit filed last December. He says he warned prison officials when he arrived at the Rawlins prison in August 2004 that he had provided information to Sweetwater County
prosecutors that had sent his cousin to the same prison.

The lawsuit states that prison officials assigned the two men to the same cell for seven months and the inmate claims his cousin subjected him to severe sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Senior Assistant Attorney General Misha Westby said this week that the state is working on a confidential settlement in the case that should be complete in coming weeks. She declined to say whether the state planned to pay the plaintiff to settle the case.

Lawyer Mel C. Orchard of Jackson represents the plaintiff. He also declined to reveal any terms of the settlement, but says he's hopeful that consequences of what happened to his client won't be lost on the prison system.