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A lawsuit filed by the women alleged MDC Sgt. Torry Chambers and inmate Anthony Townes, a former corrections officer at another facility, had become friends. It claimed Chambers and Townes helped each other commit the sexual assaults between 2008 and 2010.
Townes was a pre-trial detainee at the time of the events described in the complaint. He is now serving a 16-year state sentence for rapes committed in 2007 while he was a guard at Camino Nuevo Women’s Correctional Facility, a contract prison in Albuquerque. The women in that case won a $3 million lawsuit at trial in federal district court earlier this year.
Chambers was charged with criminal sexual contact and criminal sexual penetration but bonded out of jail while the case was being investigated and was never indicted. He remains a corrections officer at MDC, but without access to female inmates.
Chambers was on administrative leave from December 2010 to August 2011, according to jail spokeswoman Nataura Powdrell.
“We leave the criminal investigation to law enforcement, and without any criminal conviction, there’s nothing we could do. We did place him on modified duty,” she said.
District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Kayla Anderson said the case against Chambers was scheduled for presentation to a grand jury a year ago, but never got there.