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2 former inmates sue Indiana County jail, guards over sex assaults

| Friday, June 1, 2012, 11:18 a.m.

Two former female prisoners claim in a lawsuit moved to federal court today that one female Indiana County jail guard sexually assaulted them and another female guard threatened or attempted to harm them.

The Tribune-Review doesn't name the victims of sexual assaults. The two guards named in the lawsuit are facing state charges for the alleged assaults and threats.

Molly Ann Gross, 43, of Ligonier is charged with 16 counts of terroristic threats, official oppression and institutional sexual assault. She's charged in a second case with one count each of terroristic threats, witness intimidation, official oppression and harassment. Margaret Jane Dailey, 51, of Indiana is charged with six counts of terroristic threats and official oppression.

The two former inmates are also suing the jail, the county, the county prison board and Warden Carol Hummel. The county asked for the case to be reassigned to federal court today because the women are claiming violations of their constitutional rights. The lawyer representing the county and warden couldn't immediately be reached for comment.

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