Inmate: Marshals left before courthouse cell sex assault

AP News
Posted: Dec 23, 2016 1:12 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. inmate identified by authorities as the victim of a sex assault in a court holding cell says three U.S. marshals left the area shortly before the incident.

In an interview with The Washington Post (, the 27-year-old man recounted his experience in the D.C. Superior Court cell, saying, as he put it: "You would think you would be safer there." Court papers say security cameras captured part of the 12-minute attack.

The Associated Press generally doesn't identify victims of sexual attacks.

Officials from the U.S. Marshals Service and the court declined to comment on what happened on Veterans Day as the inmates waited to be taken back to the D.C. jail. The cellmate, 36-year-old Jerome Holliway, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse.