Ex-corrections officer at Edna Mahan jail indicted for sexually assaulting an inmate


A former corrections officer at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women was indicted for sexually assaulting an inmate about a year after being charged.

Tyrell Harris-McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Tyrell Harris-McLaughlin, 29, of Jersey City, was indicted by a grand jury on September 29th on one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree official misconduct, and one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, officials said.

“The allegations in this indictment are among the most egregious possible abuses of the badge, and the credibility and public trust that come with it,” said New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of Public Integrity and Accountability Executive Director Thomas Eicher.

“Abuses allegedly committed against someone vulnerable, someone in this officer’s care, and someone who would’ve encountered many challenges and risks when she came forward.”

Harris-McLaughlin was charged in October 2021 in connection with the sexual assault of a female inmate over whom he had supervisory and disciplinary power by virtue of his position as a correctional officer at the prison in Union.

The charges stemmed from a joint investigation by the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit, OPIA, and the Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division.

“The Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office is committed to providing the highest standards of public service through effective investigations and prosecutions aimed at ensuring justice for all,” added Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée M. Robeson.

“When those entrusted to serve the public are alleged to have violated their oath, we will thoroughly and objectively carry out our commitment to seek justice. Our office will continue to work with the Attorney General’s Office and other law enforcement partners in our ongoing mission to create a safe environment for everyone in Hunterdon County.”

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