Otero County Sheriff sued for hiring prisoner transport with history of rape allegations


One New Mexico county is being sued. A woman claims the sheriff hired a prisoner transport officer with a history of raping female inmates. She says, she was one of his victims.

The lawsuit claims the Otero County Sheriff’s Office hired someone who they should have known had a history of mistreating female inmates.

According to the lawsuit, Eric Scott Kindley was hired by the Otero County Sheriff’s Office, on behalf of the Otero County Detention Center.

Kindley was sent to pick up a female inmate from Washington state, to bring back to New Mexico in March 2016.

During the trip back, the lawsuit claims Kindley repeatedly raped the female inmate, and threatened her that no one would believe her if she told anyone.

At one point during the trip, he posted a video to Instagram when they got to Nebraska.

“On today’s episode of rolling with the homies, we are leaving Boise for Nashville. Unfortunately, we will have to do a little bit of cornhusking in Nebraska. Even the geese are excited about it,” Kindley says in the video.

According to the lawsuit, ‘cornhusking’ is a derogatory sexual term.

It goes on to say Kindley even bragged about raping other women on the job, to that female inmate.

This isn’t the first time Kindley’s been accused of sexual assault.

A recent Time article says he may have raped as many as 100 women over the course of 15 years.

Right now, Kindley is facing several charges from other women who claimed he raped them during transports from California, Alabama, and Mississippi.

KRQE News 13 reached out to Otero County Sheriff Benny House for comment but we did not hear back.

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