These Women Say a Bangor Prison Guard Sent Them Obscene Photos. It Stayed a Secret for Years.

These Women Say a Bangor Prison Guard Sent Them Obscene Photos. It Stayed a Secret for Years.

For a decade, a Bangor jail guard sent explicit photos to inmates, coworkers and a city councilor. One woman said his actions went even further, according to an investigation by the Bangor Daily News.  [Photo Illustration: Coralie Cross | Bangor Daily News]

For a decade, a Bangor jail guard sent explicit photos to inmates, coworkers and a city councilor. One woman said his actions went even further, according to an investigation by the Bangor Daily News. [Photo Illustration: Coralie Cross | Bangor Daily News]

Six years ago, a young, female inmate at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor had an unexpected turn of good fate. She was going to get out earlier than she had expected. A jail guard had given her a job that came with the most coveted benefit: For every day she did the jail’s laundry, she would get a certain amount of time off her sentence.

But the woman, who had been in the jail before, did not anticipate that the guard, Corporal Steven Buzzell, would use the isolated laundry room to ask her sexual questions, show her naked pictures of himself and then make her touch his erect penis, she said. Nor did Carla, which is not her real name, expect his unwanted sexual attention to follow her after her release, in the form of several explicit photos and numerous messages asking to get together — something she described as “a whole other sentence.”

Prison employees in Maine kept secret allegations of a supervisor who sent female guards obscene photos and sexually assaulted at least one inmate in the laundry room, Erin Rhoda and Callie Ferguson reports for the Bangor Daily News.

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