Floyd Co. inmates accused of sexually abusing another inmate

By: Whitney Burks Email
By: Whitney Burks Email

PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - Police in Floyd County say after a month-long investigation three men are now facing charges after two of them allegedly sexually abused another man while in the Floyd County jail.

Prestonsburg police say it is not something they deal with often, but when they were alerted about possible sexual abuse in the Floyd County Detention Center they launched an investigation.

"You have to investigate it thoroughly so that people will be held accountable," said Detective Adam Dixon.

They say the investigation revealed that three inmates--Justin Lee, Richard Mullins, and Lawrence Kimmel--were incarcerated in the detox area of the jail when a deputy jailer spotted something unusual on his routine walk-through.

"As the deputy jailer was making his rounds and did a head count in that particular cell another prisoner alerted him to what was going on," said Assistant Police Chief Bryan Hall.

That inmate told the deputy jailer about the abuse, and pulled the covers off his cellmate to reveal him naked.

"Apparently the victim was actually, when it began he was actually asleep in the cell," said Dixon.

That's when police say two inmates surrounded him and sexually abused him while one kept watch at the door.

Police say Lee and Mullins are the ones who allegedly performed the abuse, so they are both charged with sexual abuse 1st degree. They say Kimmel was the one who stood by the door, and he is charged with complicity to commit sexual abuse.

Officials say all the inmates involved were moved to other parts of the jail.

They say Kimmel and Mullins are still in jail. Lee was released on his previous charges but will be arrested for the abuse.

Kimmel and Mullins declined our request for an interview.

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