The New York Post:
A former Metropolitan Correctional Center officer who was found guilty of sexually assaulting prisoners earlier this year was hit with a federal suit Friday alleging he abused three more inmates — forcing one woman to perform sex acts on her cellmate as he watched.
Colin Akparanta, 43, pleaded guilty in March in Manhattan federal court to sexually abusing seven female inmates — after he was hit with a nine-count indictment that accused him of smuggling in contraband to dole out to his victims.
Karilie Herrera, Franchesca Morales and Carolyn Richardson allege that they are among at least 14 inmates he abused since becoming a correctional officer in 2004.
Herrera alleges that Akparanta sexually assaulted her four times a week from November 2017 through December 2018, according to the complaint.
When Morales was placed in the same cell as Herrera, Akparanta allegedly “forced Ms. Morales to perform sexual acts on Ms. Herrera and/or their third cellmate in their shared cell while he watched or masturbated,” wrote the women’s attorney Jaehyun Oh.
He allegedly threatened to put them in solitary confinement if they talked or refused to submit to his sexual demands.
”I understand I have to pay for what I’ve done,” Herrera told The Post in a statement. [But] as a result of justice being served, I was sent to prison for rehabilitation and instead I was exploited, tortured and traumatized.”
With Richardson, Akparanta allegedly claimed he was a reverend and offered to guide her spiritually. He gave her Chinese food, Subway sandwiches, makeup and other gifts, which are prison contraband.
He would visit her in her cell during the “graveyard” shift several times a week, “abusing and assaulting her with increasing roughness,” the filing states.