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  • mcprison mcprison Jan 27, 2003 4:32 PM Flag

    Sex suit against CSCQ

    New York: CSC sex suit.

    Daily News (New York)

    January 22, 2003

    HEADLINE: MOLEST SUIT HITS PRIVATE JAIL FIRM

    BYLINE: BY JOE MAHONEY DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

    BODY:
    Correctional Services Corp., which is at the center of a mushrooming
    state probe into its aggressive lobbying tactics, is being sued by four female
    inmates who claim one of its workers sexually assaulted them at a halfway house on
    Manhattan's East Side.

    In a lawsuit brought in Manhattan Federal Court, the women claim that a
    counselor at Le Marquis Community Correctional Center on E. 31st St.
    "lured" them into his office on different occasions in late 1998 and assaulted
    them.

    The company, based in Sarasota, Fla., unsuccessfully sought to get the
    suit dismissed, contending that as a contractor with the federal government,
    it should be immune from such claims. Corporation representatives did not
    return calls for comment yesterday.

    The firm is being scrutinized by the state Lobbying Commission and the
    state Board of Elections after it provided free transportation to Albany for
    ex-Assemblywoman Gloria Davis (D-Bronx) and Assemblyman Roger Green
    (D-Brooklyn).

    Davis pleaded guilty this month to taking a bribe, unrelated to the
    Correctional Services Corp. gift. Both face an inquiry by a legislative
    ethics panel into their dealings with the company, as well as into their travel expenses.

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    • Daily News (New York) February 1, 2003
      SEX RING NEW FOCUS IN SCANDAL Probe Albany lobbyist
      By JOE MAHONEY DAILY NEWS ALBANY BUREAU CHIEF
      State investigators are probing whether the influence-peddling scandal in the state Legislature may have involved the offer of sexual favors, sources told the Daily News.
      Investigators want to determine whether Franklin Jackson, then the head of
      Correctional Service Corp.'s New York office, may have tried to curry favor with legislators by inviting them into a sex ring, the sources said.
      Jackson lost his job after his 2000 arrest in the Dominican Republic on charges of producing child pornography.
      The sources said they plan to ask Jackson whether his lobbying included gifts of sexual favors.
      The sources emphasized that there is no concrete evidence of Jackson offering, or legislators participating in, sexual escapades at Jackson's inducement.
      "You can call it a strong suspicion at this point," one source said.
      Mystery gift
      Jackson, 44, a former CSC vice president who lives in the Bronx, and his lawyer did not return phone calls yesterday.
      The state investigators also are looking at a mysterious Valentine's Day gift that he bought for a legislator.
      A review of CSC records uncovered an expense record listing a Valentine's Day
      present for an unidentified lawmaker.
      The gift, estimated only as being worth $75 or more, was bought by Jackson in
      February 2000 - two months before his arrest.
      The records are being assembled by CSC and will be turned over to the state Lobbying Commission, which is investigating. James Featherstonhaugh, an Albany lawyer retained by Florida-based CSC, declined to discuss the records yesterday.

 

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