State police arrested two of the guards at Lackawanna County Prison on Wednesday afternoon. The other arrests took place away from the Scranton lockup. One of the defendants is a former town councilman.
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune reports the arrests came six months after agents from the state attorney general's office and state police raided the jail and other county facilities as part of a grand jury investigation into sexual abuse of inmates. The investigation began in the wake of a federal lawsuit filed by a woman who says she was sexually abused by six guards.
All seven defendants are free on bail. They have a preliminary hearing on Feb. 23.
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