Prison guard gets seven years for raping inmate Posted by Leila Atassi October 03, 2008 16:12PM Categories: Breaking News, Crime

CLEVELAND -- A prison guard was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for raping an inmate and inappropriately touching two others at the Northeast Pre-Release Center in Cleveland.

A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas jury found Johnny Fortson, 45, guilty Thursday of three counts of rape, three counts of sexual battery and three counts of gross sexual imposition for assaults that took place between September 2006 and January 2007.

During the sentencing, Judge Timothy McGinty chastised Fortson and his lawyer, James Willis, who suggested that the victims were "not real rape victims" because they "were hardened criminals, the opposite of ladylike, and all were classless."

McGinty called the women courageous for standing up to an intimidating prison culture that discourages inmates from reporting misconduct when they have been victimized. ...

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