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Former Inmate Sues Dallas County

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Former jail inmate sues Dallas County

Dallas Morning News
By Diane Jennings
September 5, 2014


A former Dallas county inmate is suing the county in federal court for failing to control a detention officer who she alleges sexually assaulted her while she was in custody.


Paula Longoria, 23, also filed suit against the former jailer, Richie Wimbish, who was arrested last year for violating her civil rights.


Wimbish, 46, was fired by the county in April, 2013. According to the arrest warrant Wimbish admitted having sexual relations which he termed consensual.


No trial date for his criminal case has been set, according to Dallas county records.


Longoria’s suit claims the county “acted with deliberate indifference” by allowing Wimbish to have unsupervised contact with her while she suffered from “depression, bipolar disorder, and diminished mental capacity.”


She also alleges the county “failed to adequately train its subordinates to identify, report, and deter criminal sexual assaults.”


Longoria was held in jail on a sexual assault of a child charge as a pre-trial detainee for a month in 2012. The suit says Wimbish also “continued to abuse his authority” after she was released on probation by calling her repeatedly and sexually assaulting her again.


Her attorney Les Weisbrod said they are seeking damages of $1.5 million from the county for actual damages. She is also seeking an unspecified amount for punitive damages from Wimbish.


Weisbrod said he hoped to settle the case before going to trial but was told county officials “hadn’t gotten around to looking at this yet.”


Weisbrod said he thought the case was “pretty clear cut.”


“Any time you’ve got a jailer that’s having sex with someone in the prison that really isn’t mentally capable of consent…I don’t believe there’s any viable defense,” he said.


A spokeswoman for the Dallas County district attorney’s office declined comment citing pending litigation

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Richie Wimbish (Dallas County Sheriff's office)