Louisiana inmate raped female prison guard at knifepoint while serving 30-year sentence for armed robbery
Inmate Erick Dehart has now been charged with aggravated rape and will also be transferred to Louisiana State Penitentiary
ST. GABRIEL, LOUISIANA: An inmate has allegedly raped a female prison guard while serving a 30-year sentence for armed robbery at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. The alleged incident happened on Friday, July 17, when the victim was working in her cell block at the prison.
Chief Kevin Ambeau said that the female guard was performing her duty in her assigned cell block when the inmate Erick Dehart sexually assaulted her while holding her at knifepoint on Friday morning. It has been reported that the alleged incident happened around 9:30 a.m.
Ambeau also mentioned that he went along with the victim to the hospital where a rape kit was administered. He added that the female guard was working at the prison for the last eight months and on the day of the alleged incident, she was the only officer assigned to the cell block with 64 inmates. Reports said the woman has now been provided with crisis counseling and support.
While spokesman of the Department of Corrections, Ken Pastorick, said that Dehart is at the prison since January 2020. He has been sentenced to 30 years in jail for armed robbery out of Terrebonne Parish and a five-year sentence for simple burglary out of Lafourche Parish. Pastorick added that the 29-year-old inmate is serving the sentencings consecutively.
For the alleged incident that happened on Friday, Dehart was charged with aggravated rape. He was also scheduled to be transferred to Louisiana State Penitentiary later in the day, Ambeau said.
In another incident, a married prison guard was jailed for having sex with a convicted felon in a cleaning cupboard. According to an October 2019 report, Rachel Louise Welburn started an 18-month sexual relationship with Daniel Crompton three years ago when he was still just three years into a life sentence for the brutal 2013 murder of a World War II veteran. The 27-year-old Crompton had severely beaten Frank Worsley after breaking into his home to search for money to buy drugs. The 87-year-old was severely injured in the attack and died later from a stroke, after which Crompton had been given a life sentence.
According to reports, the officer Welburn met Crompton in the A-Wing at HMP Frankland, near Durham, where she had worked for nearly two decades. At the time, she was 36 and had just returned to work after the birth of her second child. Welburn had been designated as his personal office, with prosecuting officer Robert Patton telling the Durham Crown Court that the attraction between the two was "instantaneous." Patton added that both of them immediately confessed their love for each other with Welburn sending the inmate intimate pictures of herself and letters detailing her feelings for him.
However, in the summer of 2018, their affair became public when their tryst had cooled, and as "an act of revenge or spite," Crompton told another officer he was having an affair with Welburn. The officer initially denied but eventually accepted to having consensual sex with Crompton in court, where her lawyer Joanne Kidd said her client's shame and regret were beyond measure.