ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An explosive lawsuit filed Tuesday names a former state Department Of Corrections prison guard and the former warden of the Los Lunas prison (who still works for DOC) with due process and equal protection violations and excessive force.
Here’s the Reader’s Digest version of the lawsuit, filed by attorney Matthew Coyte:
A high-ranking prison guard raped a homosexual inmate several times in late 2010 and early 2011 — at least once while the inmate was handcuffed, the suit claims. After preserving some DNA evidence following one of the alleged rapes, the inmate, through an attorney, got the FBI interested in his allegations, and the bureau set up an undercover operation to get the evidence, the suit states.
But a DOC official in Santa Fe got wind of the FBI operation and allegedly called the Los Lunas prison warden, Anthony Romero, who the suit claims then called two State Police officers who happen to be the brothers of the prison guard, Kenneth Carrejo. The officers tried to get the evidence from the inmate.
The Corrections Department declined to comment on the lawsuit, saying this afternoon that it had not yet been served with a copy of it. “The department is in the process of reviewing the allegations, which we take seriously, and is not in the position of making any comments at this time, because it is in litigation,” a statement from DOC says.
Pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Journal for a complete story.