A female inmate at Rikers Island says she was brutally raped by a correction officer who forced her into a private room away from direct security camera coverage.
Inmate Jacqueline Healy, 47, was so worried her claim wouldn’t be taken seriously she mailed pieces of her soiled shirt with DNA evidence from the sexual assault to a friend and family member.
“I wanted proof,” Healy told the Daily News during a jailhouse interview Thursday.
The city’s Department of Investigation is probing the allegation, according to multiple sources.
The accused officer — who has not been identified — has been placed on modified duty and transferred to the Correction Department’s transportation unit, the agency’s version of a rubber room away from other inmates, the jail insiders said.
Healy, who is in jail on robbery charges, says the assault occurred after she cleaned a flooded area near a seldom-used hallway leading to a storage room in the Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers about 9:10 p.m. on Nov. 30.
That’s when an officer ordered her to go into a closet-sized room surrounded by safety glass, according to Healy. When they got inside, the officer padlocked the door.
Healy says the guard raped her in a private room away from security cameras.
The officer then bizarrely bit one of the many callouses on his hand, she said.
“If this is what I can do to me, think what I can do to you,” Healy claims he said.
The officer then ripped open her department-issued jumpsuit and ordered her to take off her shorts, according to Healy.
He then raped her, soiling her shirt and bra.
He had a dead look on his face the whole time “like he wasn’t there,” Healy told The News.
After the alleged attack, she went back to her cell and began having trouble breathing. Another officer took her to the medical unit. Inside, she told the doctor, “Something happened and someone hurt me.”
The correction guard (not pictured) accused of raping Healy has been placed on modified duty and transferred to another department. The city is investigating the alleged rape.
But the doctor didn’t appear to care and said she was merely suffering from a panic attack, according to Healy.
She said she never told the doctor she had been raped, fearing retaliation. Back inside her cell, she ripped off two pieces off her shirt and mailed one to a sister and another to a friend in Queens.
She waited two weeks to file a formal complaint against the officer.
“I was so scared,” she said after being asked about the delay.
She handed over the bra she wore during the assault, which she says also contains the officer’s DNA.
Healy has a long criminal history dating back at least 10 years. In 2011, she was busted for robbing a string of banks, records show.
She made a similar rape allegation during her stint at Rikers at the time. In that case, she charged a correction officer forced her to perform oral sex.
The allegation was never substantiated because there was no DNA evidence, Healy said.
“So when this happened . . . I was like ‘Oh, I’m saving this because no one will believe me,’ ” she said.
“Throughout the years that I’ve been in jail I’ve seen a lot.”
There were 28 reported cases of inmate rapes at Rikers last year, records show.
The Department of Correction reports allegations of sexual assault every month to the NYPD, according to jail procedures. Inmate advocates contend that many of the rape victims are ashamed or afraid to come forward and never report the attacks.
“Commissioner (Joseph) Ponte has zero tolerance for sexual assaults of inmates, and we take these allegations seriously,” said department spokeswoman Eve Kessler.
All sexual assault allegations are reported to the department’s Central Operation Desk and recorded in the internal Incident Reporting System. The department’s Investigations Division tracks and probes the allegations pursuant to the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act.
The stats are reported to the U.S. Department of Justice each year.