Woman raped at Walgreens by prisoner accidentally released receives $400k settlement


A woman working at a South Bend Walgreens in 2011 and raped in the bathroom received a large settlement from the Indiana Department of Corrections.

In January of 2011 a known sex offender was accidentally released from prison.

An 18-year-old woman was working at Walgreens at the time. She was taking a break and using the restroom when she was cornered by Robert Kemp.

After a mix-up in paperwork by the DOC, he was accidentally released from prison.

Within two days of his release, Kemp raped the woman in the Walgreens bathroom.

It took two years for the state to officially admit to fault in releasing Kemp early resulting in a 400 thousand civil settlement.

“No amount of money can make up for what happened here,” says the victim’s attorney, Stan Wruble. “To lose your virginity when you are at work and on your break, to someone that should have been locked up in been in bars? No amount of money will take the place of that.”

The state said there were two sets of records in their computer system. One showed Kemp could be released and another didn’t. The state accidentally followed the records that said he should be released.


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