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Man accused of raping St. Paul woman while driving her in inmate van admits to 3 similar attacks

The assaults occurred during long-haul drives over a four-month span in 2019

A former private prisoner transport officer accused by a St. Paul woman of raping her as he drove her from Texas to the Ramsey County jail has admitted to similar attacks involving three other female inmates.

Marquet D. Johnson, 44, of West Memphis, Ark., pleaded guilty this week in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque, N.M., to the assaults that occurred during long-distance transports over a four-month period in 2019.

"Every person has a basic right to dignity and respect," U.S. Attorney Alexander Uballez said in a statement following Johnson's guilty plea. "And nobody, no matter the crime of which they are being accused, deserves to be raped. When jailers fail their duty to those in their charge, they will join them in custody."


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