NM ex-inmates awarded more than $3M in rape case

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A federal jury has awarded more than $3 million in damages to three former inmates raped by a prison guard at a New Mexico prison for women.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the federal jury ordered the damages after hearing more than a week of testimony involving a 2007 case at the Camino Nuevo Women's Correctional Facility.

The jury said that former guard Anthony Townes and his then-employer Corrections Corporation of America were liable for negligent supervision.

Townes is serving a 16-year state prison sentence for criminal sexual penetration and false imprisonment

His attorney, Michael Jahner, said he had no comment after the verdict.

Aaron Viets, local counsel for CCA, referred questions to lead attorney Daniel Struck of Phoenix.

Information from: Albuquerque Journal