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Edna Mahan Correctional Facility. (Photo: NJ Globe file photo).

Edna Mahan guard charged with sexual assault

By Joey Fox, October 13 2021 1:00 pm

Acting Attorney General Andrew Bruck and Hunterdon County Prosecutor Renée Robeson today announced the arrest of Tyrell Harris-McLaughlin, a senior correctional police officer at Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, on charges of sexually assaulting an inmate.

According to the criminal charges, Harris-McLaughlin raped a female inmate who was under his supervision just last month, on September 16.

“We are committed to holding accountable correctional officers who abuse their power and inflict harm on inmates,” Bruck said in a statement. “I thank the Hunterdon County Prosecutor’s Office, Office of Public Integrity & Accountability, and DOC Special Investigations Division for acting so quickly to investigate and bring criminal charges in this matter.” 

The charges are the second this month that the state has brought against a corrections officer. Two weeks ago, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael Honig announced charges against an officer at Bayside State Prison for assaulting and physically punishing inmates.

Edna Mahan is also no stranger to sexual assault cases; in June, Gov. Phil Murphy announced his intention to shut down the prison after a long series of rapes and abuses.

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