UPDATE: Former Nurse Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmate - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

UPDATE: Former Nurse Charged with Sexual Assault of Inmate

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A former Fargo Cass Public Health is now formally charged with sexual abuse of a ward and bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail. A complaint was brought to the attention of jail staff in May in regards to Claire Schwehr, a 46-year-old nurse working at the jail through a contract with Fargo Cass Public Health.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office conducted an investigation into allegations of misconduct involving Schwehr between May 28 and 30, 2014. The investigation found 
contraband, including a cell phone, cell phone charger, beef jerky and tobacco, believed to have been brought into the jail by Schwehr.

The investigation also involved allegations that Schwehr had a sexual relationship with an inmate. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office maintains a zero tolerance policy in regards to any type of sexual contact between staff, contract service providers, volunteers, and the inmate population.

Schwehr is no longer working at the jail and is no longer employed at Fargo Cass Public Health. The case has been filed with the Cass County State’s Attorney’s Office. Schwehr has been formally charged with sexual abuse of a ward, prohibited acts, delivery of a wireless electronic communication devise to an inmate in a correctional facility, and delivery of tobacco to an inmate.


An investigation is currently underway at the Cass County Jail after an inmate accused a nurse of sexual assault. The Cass County Sheriff's Office confirms the investigation falls under the guidelines of the Federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (FPREA).

One of the inmates claims to be a victim of sexual assault by a Fargo Cass Public Health nurse, a jail contract employee. The Cass County Sheriff's Office has submitted an initial report with the State's Attorney's office for consideration of criminal charges.
Representatives with the Sheriff's Office tell Valley News Live the search warrant was intended to be sealed, but was inadvertently filed with public documents. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation, and safety concerns for the inmate, the search warrant has now been sealed and the Cass County Sheriff's Office will not publicly comment until the investigation is finished.
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