Arizona worker safety agency reviewing prison rape

June 26, 2014 • National News

In this Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 photo from the Arizona Department of Corrections, Jacob Harvey is shown with the blood of his victim on his hands shortly after he is accused of attacking a state prison teacher in Florence, Ariz. Alone in a classroom for sex offenders at a state prison in Florence a state prison teacher was attacked by a [auth] convicted rapist who had been taking a test. Harvey allegedly stabbed her with a pen, and raped her, then tried to use her radio to call for help when he had finished, according to reports released this week. (AP Photo/Arizona Department of Corrections)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona’s workplace safety agency has launched a review of the rape of a teacher inside a state prison classroom.

The teacher was alone in a classroom with no guard nearby when a convicted rapist assaulted her.

The Jan. 30 rape was highlighted in a report last week by The Associated Press.

The Arizona Department of Occupational Safety and Health confirmed Thursday it was reviewing the case as a result of the news reports.

Agency spokeswoman Rachel Brockway says a review doesn’t mean a full-blown investigation will be launched, and it can’t give notice that it plans to investigate.

If the agency proceeds, it is barred from discussing the matter unless a citation is issued.

Prison officials say there were no security issues at the prison but are now adding cameras in classrooms.

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