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Updated: Convicted Jail Rapist Accused of Raping Another Inmate

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Felon serving 28-year sentence charged with raping prison inmate at knifepoint 11 times.

A man already serving 28 years in prison for raping an inmate in the Otero County Jail in 2006 has been charged with sexually assaulting a fellow inmate at knifepoint 11 times, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

Joseph C. Perry, 32, an inmate at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility, was indicted last Thursday by a Dona Ana County grand jury on 11 counts of criminal sexual penetration, 11 counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and a count of being a prisoner in possession of a deadly weapon, the Daily News said.

The alleged rapes occurred between Aug. 18 and Sept. 8, 2010, the paper reported.

Perry was convicted in 2007 by an Otero County jury of raping an 18-year-old inmate at the Otero County Detention Center on Sept. 2, 2006, while Perry was in the county jail on a probation violation, the Daily News said.

His alleged victim at the prison south of Las Cruces is a 21-year-old Tajique man who was convicted of non-residential burglary and theft, according to the indictment.

Perry, who is originally from New Jersey, had his first sexual assault conviction in Colorado in 1995, and appears to have moved to New Mexico about a decade ago, the Daily News said.

His criminal background also includes convictions for dealing drugs, unlawful possession of a deadly weapon, burglary, battery, fraud and resisting arrest, the paper reported.

 


 

7:55am 2/13/2008 — Otero Co. Jail Rapist Gets 28 Years: 30-year-old man was accused of raping 18-year-old on Sept. 2, 2006.

Joseph C. Perry, 30, who was convicted last August of several crimes in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old inmate at the Otero County Detention Center on Sept. 2, 2006, has been sentenced to another 28 years in prison, the Alamogordo Daily News reported.

“I have not observed more abusive behavior, brutality … in a place where people are supposed to be safe,” said state District Judge Frank K. Wilson, who sentenced Perry on Monday.

Perry was found guilty of criminal sexual penetration with personal injuries and bribery or intimidation of a witness in connection with the incident, but with three prior felony convictions adding eight-year enhancements to each of the sentences, he will end up spending 28 years in prison, the Daily News reported.

“He has shown no remorse, absolutely none,” Deputy District Attorney Janice Schryer said during the sentencing hearing. “He glared at the victim during the trial.”

Perry, who has been doing penitentiary time since 2002, was in the custody of the state Department of Corrections when he was brought back to the Otero County jail in September 2006 to face probation violation charges, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

On the night he arrived at the jail, Perry targeted the 18-year-old who was housed in the same pod and when other inmates fell asleep, he stuffed a rag in the victim’s mouth and sexually assaulted him, the release said.

Prosecutors said Perry then threatened the victim in an attempt to keep the incident quiet, the Daily News said.

Perry’s trial took place over three days beginning on Aug. 21, 2007, the paper reported. 

 

 

 

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