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UPDATED, 12:56 PM EST, 3-10-15:

A Good Samaritan at New York’s Rikers Island prison was beaten up Thursday by other prisoners who were upset that he failed to credit them for also assisting a corrections officer who was being sexually assaulted by a convicted sex criminal, a jail source tells the New York Daily News. The News reports:

Franklin Johnson, 44, was attacked Thursday after the inmates in his dorm saw a TV report about his rescue based on the Daily News story highlighting his courageous rescue on Feb. 28, the source said.

The inmates were also angry that a group of correction officers had taken up a collection to add money into Johnson’s commissary as a way to thank him. Thursday, Johnson was moved to his own private cell in the same facility, records show. He suffered a minor knee injury during the attack, the source said.

Johnson, who is jailed on a drug-related charge, is expected to be released March 24. But he has no money or change of clothes, so some officers and jail staff are taking up a collection to help him out.


A Rikers Island correction officer who was being sexually assaulted by a convicted sex criminal was rescued by inmates after they broke the Plexiglas blocking the locked area in order to stop the prisoner’s attack, the NY Daily News reports.

The attacker, 27-year-old Raleek Young, is serving a five-to-10-year sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl, according to the Daily News exclusive. The “hulking” prisoner, who weighs 290 pounds and stands nearly 6-feet tall, cornered the woman in a locked vestibule inside the Anna M. Kross Center Saturday, pulled down his pants and masturbated while choking her.

Responding officers, with the help of inmates, tore away the Plexiglas surrounding the “bubble-like watch post.” A slim prisoner was able to slid through the small crack and open the security door. That’s when the group of inmates descended on Young.

But despite the brutal and shocking attack, the incident wasn’t immediately labeled “sexual assault,” — a non-action that didn’t sit well with officers assigned to patrol the infamous prison, according to the Daily News.

On Sunday, officers at the facility refused to go to their posts at the start of the 3 p.m. shift, sources said. Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook came to the jail and persuaded his members to go back to work after he promised to take up their cause, sources said.

The union president is furious Young wasn’t instantly rearrested and hit with added charges. He claims staff at the Bronx district attorney’s office insisted the matter would be handled after the weekend was over.

“There must be accountability,” Seabrook fumed Monday. “Officers are assaulted every day, and (Bronx DA Robert Johnson) has the audacity to say, ‘Not today, bring him back at another time.’ I will not tolerate it. I will not stand for it.”

Young was eventually arraigned. He now faces charges of attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching, and assault and harassment.

This isn’t the first time this year the prison has been in the headlines. Just last week, Rikers Island was the scene of a huge brawl involving at least 14 inmates.