By Dave Phillips
Being let out of her jail cell in order to perform oral sex on an Oakland County Sheriff’s deputy was “like getting to the final level of your game,” the deputy’s alleged victim said on the witness stand Thursday.
The woman, whom the Daily Tribune is not naming because she was the victim of an alleged sex crime, was the second witness called in the trial of former deputy Kenneth Hartshorn, who is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct on accusations he touched the woman’s breast and allowed her to perform oral sex on him.
It is illegal for an officer to have sex with a prisoner.
The victim described several events leading up to the day in which she performed oral sex on the man, making Pod H at the Oakland County Jail Annex sound more like an episode of "Girls Gone Wild" when Hartshorn was on duty.
Hartshorn worked the overnight shift in March 2010, when investigators say the incidents occurred.
“He let us get away with a lot,” the victim said.
In one of the first encounters the victim had with Hartshorn, he allowed inmates on the lower level to flash inmates on the second level, who had made signs that said “Spring Break” on them.
Hartshorn watched and was laughing at first, though he eventually put all inmates on lockdown, the victim said.
Hartshorn made the victim feel comfortable and they began to have conversations, which evolved into a “game” one night during Hartshorn’s regular cell checks.