YORK, S.C. (AP) - A male York County inmate has been charged with assaulting a female inmate while both were being held in the same cell.
The Herald of Rock Hill reports Wednesday that 33-year-old James Henry Richardson is charged with second-degree assault and battery.
Authorities say Richardson touched the woman's breast, buttocks and genital area while she slept at around 9 a.m. Saturday.
Jail policy states male and female offenders shouldn't be in the same cell.
A sheriff's office attorney says the woman was already in the cell when officers placed Richardson there while his cell was being cleaned. Attorney Kristie Jordan says the woman was asleep with a blanket covering her head and body.
Officials say the woman was immediately removed and examined. Jordan says the officers have been suspended.