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May 15, 2014

Ex-con in $3M suit: Jail guard choked me

‘I told everyone it was coming,’ Clausi says of federal complaint

(Continued)

Suit: Commander cut off access to money

Wheary froze Olin’s money account, thus preventing commissary, access to writing materials and telephone calls, and he blocked her visitors, according to her complaint.

Wheary and Johnson ordered Olin into maximum security and all her extra clothing and possessions, which included notes concerning the choking incident, were confiscated; those notes were not returned to her, according to her complaint.

Olin got a message to McLaughlin through another inmate, and the attorney took the matter to Sunbury police.

Officers of the Northumberland County Adult Probation investigated Olin’s claims and found her account to be credible.

Sacavage released Olin on Sept. 16, 2013, to a re-entry program and her home to finish her sentence, but no action was taken with respect to the reported threats and harassing remarks, according to the lawsuit, which states Olvany was never disciplined.

Olvany and the prison managers’ actions served no legitimate penal purpose, were not applied in a good faith effort to maintain or restore discipline, were done maliciously and sadistically to cause harm and were violation of her constitutional rights, according to her lawsuit.

In failing to train and supervise appointed officers in such a way as to prevent assaults on prisoners, the county and prison board have shown both deliberate indifference to the treatment of prisoners, according to the complaint.

As a direct and proximate result of actions, court documents said Olin has suffered hospitalization, migraine headaches, loss of sleep, nightmares, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, fear emotional distress and the need for psychological care together with medication.

In addition to one count of constitutional violation, the defendants are also being sued for assault and battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Olin is asking for $1 million on each count together with punitive damages, costs, interest, counsel fees and any other relief that the court sees fit.

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