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Teacher attacked in prison; AZ OSHA now investigating

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FLORENCE, Ariz. - The rape of a teacher inside an Arizona prison is coming under more scrutiny.

The woman was in a classroom at the Eyman State Prison, teaching a GED class to convicted sex offenders and there were no prison guards around when one of the prisoners attacked her.

The fact that the teacher was left alone with a room full of sex offenders has sparked a full investigation by the Arizona division of Occupational Safety and Health Association.

The organization wants to find out if prison regulations were followed and if so, did those regulations put the woman at risk?

This happened back in January, specifically the Meadows unit, which houses 1,300 convicted rapists, child molesters and other sex offenders.

20-year-old Jacob Harvey is the inmate accused of attacking the teacher.

Investigators say Harvey asked the teacher to open a bathroom after the class cleared out.  That's when he allegedly stabbed and sexually assaulted her.  Again, there was no prison security in the classroom or even nearby and there were no security cameras there either.

Prison officials have said there were no security issues and all prison guidelines were followed properly, but they have no added cameras inside the classrooms and say they will cooperate with the investigation.
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