LOGAN COUNTY, Ill. (WICS) — Allegations against Logan Correctional Center employees continue to reveal. Monday one employee, Jeffrey Dozier, was charged with three counts of sexual misconduct.
A lawsuit was filed by “The people of the state of Illinois” on September 14, 2018 against Dozier. A source said Dozier was a Correctional food service supervisor.
The lawsuit stated Dozier is accused of touching a woman inmate sexually on her private areas for the “purpose of sexual gratification or arousal”.
Just a few days after that lawsuit, another lawsuit was filed September 17, 2018. A 42-year-old Jane Doe said Milo Ziemer, sexually assaulted her in 2017. A source said Ziemer was a correctional maintenance electrician. In the lawsuit, he is accused of harassing her, including forcing her to perform oral sex on him. The lawsuit said the plaintiff was not the only person Ziemer harassed. The lawsuit said Ziemer gave contrabands in exchange for some sexual misconduct. Sometime in June 2017, the Illinois State Police shut the maintenance department down for an investigation. Ziemer was charged with custodial sexual misconduct in December of 2017.
And another case, a previous inmate, who is a mother, started her 120-day boot camp December 4, 2015. During that time, she claims one correctional officer raped her. The lawsuit filed November 28, 2017 identifies officer Eric Kohlrus. She said Kohlrus watched her undress in her cell. She said he also told her to meet him in the laundry room December 28, 2015 and made sexual advances. She said she ran away, but Kohlrus told her to come back. That's when she said he raped her. Erik Kohlrus, 37, was arrested May 18, 2018 for failure to appear in court on a charge of custodial sexual misconduct.
One lawsuit said there are areas in the correctional center without cameras.
In all incidents, the employees are no longer working at the correctional center. There are several other names mentioned in the lawsuits for being unable to intervene or prevent the assaults. This includes wardens, compliance managers, mental health administrators, and other correctional officers.
Kohlrus' case is scheduled for October 8, 2019.
A source said the center has an ongoing project to install more cameras on a regular basis. The Illinois Department of Corrections said they could not comment due pending litigation.