Georgia Inmates Sue Over Body Lice Treatment

By: AP
By: AP

DALTON, Ga. (AP) --

Inmates at the Whitfield County Jail say they were humiliated by being held naked for 12 hours and forced to spread cream on their bodies.

Whitfield County sheriff's Capt. Wesley Lynch the inmates were
made to disrobe to combat an outbreak of body lice in one of the
cell blocks, which had to be decontaminated. He says an ointment
was applied to the inmates to kill the lice.

Inmates David Bennett and Jesus Gallardo outline their
allegations in a federal lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in
Rome that seeks $5 million. They say more than two dozen inmates
had to undergo the treatment. Sheriff Scott Chitwood, Lynch and
other sheriff's officers are named as defendants.

Lynch said one employee was given a formal written reprimand
after the incident.

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