Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Gasparilla Rape Victim Wasn't Freed Until Story Broke

ABC News report that the 21 year-old Gasparilla rape victim wasn't freed until her attoney Vic Moore informed the media about his client's plight. Moore said his client was not allowed to see a psychologist.

The Tampa Bay Police Department and Hillsbough County jail are now in damage control mode.

Tampa police said Tuesday they were changing their policy to give officers more discretion on when to arrest a crime victim who has outstanding warrants.

''Obviously, any policy that allows a sexual battery victim to spend a night in jail is a flawed policy,'' police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said. ``So our city attorney is writing a new policy right now.''

Hillsborough County jail officials didn't immediately return a phone message seeking comment Tuesday.

The jail worker who refused to give the second morning after pill works for the private contractor Armor Correctional Health Inc. She has hired attorney Jennifer D'Angelo of Luke Charles Lirot P A.

Tampa attorney Jennifer D'Angelo, who represents the jail worker, said Tuesday that her client is prohibited from giving inmates any medication without specific orders. The worker insists she never discussed religion with the woman who reported being raped.

If D'Angelo's client does not not the authority to administer the second pill then who does. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office contract allows them to remove any employee of Armor they are dissatisfied with. The HCSO has place the health worker on leave. They are currently conducting an investigation. My experience is Tampa law enforcement does a poor job of investing itself.

Update Here is a photo of the rape suspect. Anyone with information can call (813) 231-6130.


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