SAN QUENTIN, California. – A U.S. jury’s $ 65,000 for a convicted killer in California’s San Quentin State Prison, after finding a female prison instructor turned him into a “sex slave.”
William Cordoba, who is serving a life sentence for a 1981 second-degree murder and robbery, called vocational education instructor Silvia Pulido, because he said that they forced him to trade sex acts after promising to make him a lawyer to help him get out of prison.
After a six-day trial last month in the U. S. District Court in Oakland, members of the jury awarded Cordoba $15,414 in damages and $50,000 in punitive damages, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday.
Cordoba, 57, said the abuse began in 2010, when he was a clerk for Pulido, who learned cleaning skills in San Quentin.
After months of her “sex slave,” Cordoba tried to break it off and Pulido revenge, accusing him of disciplinary violations that landed him in solitary confinement for nine months, the lawsuit said.
Cordoba sued Pulido in 2012, says the experience left him needed psychiatric care, and alleged cruel and unusual punishment.
“All people have the right to be free from sexual abuse, that includes women, and that goes for the men, and that does not change because the person is locked up,” said lawyer Julia Allen, who helped represent of Cordoba.
Pulido no longer works in the prison, and she and her lawyers had not the newspaper’s calls seeking comment. In the court, Pulido’s lawyer, said Cordoba was ” delusional.”
Corrections and Rehabilitation spokesman Bill Sessa refused to discuss the case.