State police: Marshal coerced Norwich prisoner, made sexual innuendo with vegetables

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Norwich — State police say a judicial marshal this summer coerced a prisoner to expose herself and directed a sexual innuendo involving a cucumber and zucchini toward female inmates in the lockup area of Norwich Superior Court.

State police on Friday charged Elijah McCall, 27, of Lebanon with coercion and disorderly conduct for allegedly pressuring a female inmate to show him her breasts and making sexual comments while waving vegetables around inmates and other marshals, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Police said an unidentified female victim alleged McCall, whom she was familiar with from prior court appearances, told her he was “excited” to see her name on the Norwich court's docket on July 22. The woman told police that McCall later said, “Can I see your boobs?” and made a motion with his hands lifting his shirt as the inmate was alone in her cell awaiting a court appearance.

The woman said she was in disbelief and didn’t know what to do, and she lifted her shirt and exposed her bra, she told police. McCall allegedly told her multiple times that he “can’t see anything,” and, “still under pressure,” the woman lifted her bra, she said. McCall allegedly said “nice” and walked away, the woman told police.

The woman, later joined by another woman in her cell, alleged that McCall returned near the cell “holding a cucumber and started to make sexual innuendos directed toward them.” She said at one point McCall made “small talk” and briefly put his hand over hers as she held the cell bars, which made her feel uncomfortable, she told police.

McCall allegedly said, “Hey, do you think this could satisfy you both?” in reference to the cucumber, according to the second inmate. The second inmate told police that McCall came back to the cell area holding a large zucchini. She described his behavior as “extremely unprofessional” and “very sexual.”

Another judicial marshal told police that he witnessed McCall wave a large squash in the direction of the females’ cell and put a second large squash “near his lower body and wave it around as if it was a penis.” The co-worker told police he observed McCall display the squash toward the female prisoners saying, “Hey guys look at this.”

McCall, in a sworn statement, admitted asking the prisoner to expose herself. He said he was joking with female marshals transporting the inmates “about a large green zucchini” and told police “it is possible that the female inmates saw him playing” with one. He told police “it was an accident placing his hand on her hand” for a second or two.

State police received a report on the allegations from York Correctional Institute personnel on July 24. The alleged victim told police she waited two days to file a complaint because she feared anyone who made a Prison Rape Elimination Act complaint would be placed in the prison’s Restrictive Housing Unit.

State police said McCall was released on $1,000 bond. He is due back in Middletown Superior Court on Oct. 4.

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