BUTTE -- Jefferson County has agreed to settle for $125,000 with a man who sued the county in federal court after he was raped in the Boulder jail by another prisoner in 2013.
The two parties met on Nov. 17 in Butte federal court to begin settlement negotiations before the lawsuit went to trial. Both parties have now agreed to drop the suit, according to court documents.
According to court documents, Audemio Orozco-Ramirez, a Mexican national and longterm U.S. resident, was arrested on Oct. 2, 2013, after being racially profiled and arrested by police in Sidney, in northeastern Montana, as a passenger in a traffic stop.
Sidney police turned Orozco-Ramirez over to border patrol officers, who sent him 500 miles west to be held in the Jefferson County jail in Boulder, a facility contracted with the Department of Homeland Security.
Orozco-Ramirez alleged in the lawsuit that he was raped by a group of other inmates at the jail, which would not have happened had Jefferson County followed the requirements of the Prison Rape Elimination Act.
A stipulation of the deal means Jefferson County is not admitting liability despite negotiating and settling with Orozco-Ramirez.
"The amount of the settlement reflects the merit of the lawsuit and the seriousness of the county's failure to protect Mr. Orozco-Ramirez when he was sexually assaulted in their custody," said Orozco-Ramirez' attorney Shahid Haque-Hausrath, of Helena.
The lawsuit now settled, Orozco-Ramirez, a father of seven, faces deportation. According to Haque-Hausrath, his client has not yet been granted a "U visa" -- the type created by Congress for victims who cooperate with investigations by law enforcement.
Haque-Hausrath said proof of Orozco-Ramirez' cooperation has yet to be provided.