ALBANY, New York — A federal appeals court has reinstated the lawsuit filed by two former New York inmates alleging sex abuse by a state prison guard, concluding it would be a civil rights violation if true.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals says Judge Norman Modue erred last year in dismissing the lawsuit by Thaddeus Corley and James Crawford, sending the case back for other motions and possible trial.
Corley and Crawford allege corrections officer Simon Prindle sexually abused them at Eastern Correctional Facility in Ulster County, violating their constitutional rights against cruel and unusual punishment.
The appeals court says a guard's intentional contact with an inmate's genitals to humiliate the prisoner or satisfy personal desires violates the Eighth Amendment.
The court says sex abuse of inmates "deeply offends today's standards of decency."
Corrections officials didn't immediately comment.