A Texas investigation of a convict’s allegations of sexual slavery and torture was a whitewash meant to cover up the prison system’s refusal to stop the abuse, the American Civil Liberties Union charged Thursday.
The ACLU’s National Prison Project, which represents Roderick Johnson in his lawsuit against Texas prison officials, challenged the findings of an internal inquiry by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice that concluded the inmate was a willing participant in the sex acts.
A Wichita Falls grand recently declined to indict any of 49 inmates accused in the attacks against Johnson, 35. He was imprisoned in 2000 for bouncing a $300 check after having been convicted earlier of burglary.
In his lawsuit, Johnson alleges that he was raped and brutalized by prison gangs over 18 months, and that his pleas for help to prison officials were derisively rejected.
Johnson’s lawyer told the Austin American Statesman, “The claim that Roderick Johnson was engaging in consensual relationships with violent predators who were coercing him is ludicrous…As a gay man, Mr. Johnson’s only hope of surviving his incarceration was to submit to sexual slavery.”