Jail Nurse Annica Pagenkopp  (Full Name: Annica Dawn Pagenkopp) Arrested By The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office Over Alleged Sexual Relationship With Inmate At The Tehama County Jail

handcuffs-354042_640TEHAMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (February 13, 2024) – A jail nurse identified as Annica Pagenkopp has been accused of having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate at the Tehama County Jail.

Investigators are saying that the incident began on February 8. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation after receiving reports about a nurse having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate.

Annica Pagenkopp was working as a jail nurse an employed by the Tehama County Health Services Agency. She was arrested on suspicion of having an intimate relationship with an inmate.

Annica Pagenkopp was booked into the Tehama County Jail and is currently being held on a $100,000 bail. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Tehama County Inmate Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse within the prison and jail system are unfortunately much more common than most people may realize. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, “For the 3-year aggregate period of 2016–18, adult correctional authorities reported 2,666 substantiated incidents of inmate sexual victimization by another inmate and 2,229 incidents by staff. Most (62% or 1,643) inmate-on-inmate incidents involved abusive sexual contact, whereas most (69% or 1,549) staff-on-inmate incidents involved staff sexual misconduct.” There are a number of measures that jails should take to reduce staff-on-inmate sexual abuse.

  • All jail officials should undergo a thorough background check.
  • Jails should closely monitor correctional officers and jail staff.
  • Jails should typically have third parties present when inmates are undergoing sensitive medical examinations.
  • Jails should thoroughly investigate all suspected instances of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct.

Depending on the facts of any case, a jail can be liable for the sexual misconduct of their employees. A jail could be liable for the sexual abuse of an inmate if they had actual or constructive knowledge of past abuse by a correctional officer which they failed to remedy. A jail could also be liable if they were grossly negligent in supervising one of their officers. See, for example, Morris v. Eversley, 282 F. Supp. 2d 196 (S.D.N.Y. 2003). There are numerous steps that should be taken after any suspected instance of sexual abuse in a jail.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • A police report should be created.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

It is illegal for any correctional officer or official to have a sexual relationship with an inmate. See, for example, California Penal Code 289.6. According to the statute, “An employee or officer of a public entity health facility, or an employee, officer, or agent of a private person or entity that provides a health facility or staff for a health facility under contract with a public entity, who engages in sexual activity with a consenting adult who is confined in a health facility is guilty of a public offense.” It does not matter whether the relationship was “consensual.”


Investigating Tehama County Inmate Sexual Abuse

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to the inmate who may have been harmed by the actions of Annica Pagenkopp. Every person is certainly entitled to the presumption of innocence and a fair trial. But the accusations made by the Tehama County Sheriff’s Office are still troubling to say the least. It is our sincere hope that additional measures are taken to protect Tehama County inmates from sexual misconduct.

Have you or someone that you care about been the victim of sexual misconduct at the Tehama County Jail? You may have legal recourse. Our team of sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that inmates are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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