Police investigate report that female inmates were assaulted


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a report that one or more male inmates sexually assaulted two women at a correctional center in Kansas City.

Jackson County said in a news release Sunday that Regional Correction Center staff were notified Friday about the allegations and contacted law enforcement to request an investigation.

No staff members have been accused of engaging in sexual contact with any inmates. But through an internal review, one staff member has been suspended without pay for potentially violating department policies and procedures.

An investigative report said the women told police the suspects used keys to get into their cells. One woman told police that three men had raped her, WDAF-TV (http://bit.ly/2c3fEWK ) reports.

According to the report, a second woman told police that she heard her cell door unlock and that a man came in wearing a jail-issued orange shirt on his head and raped her.

The woman told police the man hid and then fled the scene after hearing a whistle.

The television station reports that police records say a master key went missing at the jail early Friday morning.

Jackson County says it’s cooperating with the investigation and directed questions to police.