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GEORGETOWN — Two former, female inmates have filed a lawsuit against the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office and an ex-correctional officer.
A judge recently sentenced Belvin Sherrill, 28, to eighteen months in prison for having sex with an inmate. He is also required register as a sex offender.
However, the two prior inmates also want Sherrill and the sheriff's office to pay punitive damages for what they claim Sherrill did to them.
According to the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division did investigate claims that Sherrill had sexual relations with female inmates inside the jail.
After a thorough investigation, Sherrill was fired after it was discovered that he sent a letter to a female inmate apologizing for the incident.
In the lawsuit, two former, female inmates claim the ex-guard entered their jail cell and ordered them to perform a sex act on him on December 11, 2009.
It goes on to state that the women repeatedly pushed the panic button; however, it appeared to be broken.
The women claim at no time during these incidents did any other employee with the sheriff's office or detention center intervene to take any actions to protect them. As a result of Sherrill's action, the women's attorney says they've suffered emotional and physical harm.
Harry Oxner is the attorney who has filed the lawsuit on behalf of the women. A jury trial has been requested.
Sherrill has filed a response to the lawsuit with the Georgetown County Clerk of Court. In it, he denies "each and every allegation."