New York Daily News: NYC Settles Lawsuit with Two Women Who Accused Rikers Island Correction Officer of Rape
TUESDAY, MAY 02, 2017

The Legal Aid Society and Cleary Gottlieb reached a settlement this week with the City on behalf of two women who suffered horrific sexual harassment and abuse at the Rose M. Singer facility on Rikers Island, writes the Daily News.




New York Daily News
NYC Settles Lawsuit with Two Women Who Accused Rikers Island Correction Officer of Rape
By Victoria Bekiempis
May 1, 2017

Two women who accused a Rikers correction officer of rape have settled their lawsuit against the city, it was revealed Monday.

The two women — referred to as “Jane Doe 1” and “Jane Doe 2” in their Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit — did not settle with the officer, whom they accuse of sexual assault, Benny Santiago.

The trial against Santiago — whose lawyer has denied the allegations in court — is expected to begin on May 9.

Neither lawyers for the city nor the women would release a settlement figure because it is not yet finalized, they said.

The city Law Department typically releases settlement figures even when they’re not finalized.

Mitchell Lowenthal, of the law firm Cleary Gottlieb, which is representing the women with the Legal Aid Society, did say the settlement is “considerable.”

The women sued the city and Santiago in May 2015, alleging that he sexually assaulted them at Rikers’ Rose M. Singer Center between 2008 and May 2013.

Lawyers for the women recently alleged in court filings Santiago — who has not been charged in relation to their accusations — impregnated another female inmate.

They have also contended that the city grossly mishandled the investigation, such as by botching the chain of custody for jeans belonging to “Jane Doe 2” — which allegedly contained Santiago’s semen.

“Jane Doe 1” — who is 31 — is presently incarcerated at Bedford Hills Correctional facility. Jane Doe 2, who is 26, now lives in Queens.



This article originally appeared in the New York Daily News.