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Va. jail officer charged in plot to hurt inmate

Thursday - 5/17/2012, 8:30pm  ET

MANASSAS, Va. (AP) - Police say a jail officer in Prince William County plotted to have a man arrested and then leave him exposed to a sexual assault at the jail.

Prince William Police on Thursday announced the arrest of 61-year-old Ralph Justice of Woodbridge. He was charged with conspiracy to commit forcible sodomy.

Police say Justice conspired with Michael Rusinack to have the victim arrested and taken to jail, where he would be left vulnerable to an attack. The intended victim was never hurt.

Rusinack later allegedly embarked on a separate plan to have the man killed.

Rusinack was arrested Saturday. Both men were being held Thursday.

Police said Rusinack had a long-running dispute with the alleged victim, the son of a woman who had been in a relationship with Rusinack.


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