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Woman Settles Rape Claim Against County $36,500 Settlement Avoids Trial Over Allegation Of Rape By Former Jailer

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 18, 1995

A woman who claims she was raped in her jail cell by a corrections officer settled her lawsuit against Spokane County for $36,500, her lawyer said Tuesday.

The case was scheduled to go to trial this month.

Mary Garza, 26, sought punitive damages for negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Besides the county, former Sheriff Larry Erickson and former jailer Roy Frankel were named as defendants.

“She indicated to me throughout this thing that it wasn’t just the money she was interested in. She wanted to see some justice extracted,” said Garza’s attorney, Bevan Maxey of Spokane.

“It’s a good compromise.” said attorney Terrence Lackie, who represents Spokane County.

“These are the kinds of cases that can be rather explosive. There was the possibility of an extreme verdict (against the county),” he said.

Frankel, 47, was fired in 1992 for misconduct on the job.

He denies having any sexual contact with Garza when she was jailed a year earlier on drug charges. He was charged with rape and acquitted in July 1992.

The Spokane Valley man later was accused of hiring a woman to pose as a defense witness and discredit Garza’s testimony during the rape trial.

But in July 1993, Frankel again stood trial and was acquitted - this time of being an accomplice to perjury.

Frankel, who was accused of assault in the civil case, is not required to pay Garza any money in the settlement, Maxey said.

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