ANDERSON — A 24-year-old Indianapolis man awaiting trial on charges of criminal confinement and battery has been accused of raping a fellow jail detainee, according to the Madison County Sheriff's Department.
Justin Harrison faces charges of Level 3 felony rape, Level 5 battery resulting in serious injury, Level 6 felony strangulation, and Level 6 felony criminal confinement.
The 31-year-old male victim told jail officers the assault began about 12:30 a.m. Feb. 15 in his cell after lockdown, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the case.
The Herald Bulletin does not publish the names of sexual assault victims. In a statement to investigators, the man said the attack began when Harrison allegedly began tying him up.
He resisted, the man said, but Harrison pulled him off a bunk and choked him until he passed out. When he regained consciousness, the assault continued and escalated with help from another prisoner, the victim told investigators.
That man, 26-year-old Kramer Hill, 500 block of Broadway, Anderson, was charged with Level 5 felony battery resulting in serious injury and Level 6 felony criminal confinement.
Although the prisoner tried to yell rape, the assailants covered his mouth, according to the probable cause statement. During that part of the attack, Hill allegedly kicked the victim several times in the lower back area.
The victim was treated for injuries at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital after the attack. He met with investigators when he was brought back to the jail.
Harrison and Hill allegedly waived their rights and agreed to speak with them.
"Mr. Harrison gave (a) confession he had choked (the victim), adding things might have gotten a little out of control," according to the affidavit.
Hill said there had been a fight in the cell, but he had no part in it, adding that Harrison was the only person who attacked the victim.
An automatic plea of not guilty was entered on Harrison's behalf at an initial hearing on Tuesday. According to court records, Harrison asked for a speedy trial, which was scheduled for May 17.