HARRISBURG, PA(WPMT) – An accused rapist at Dauphin County Prison is suing the prison for a pain and suffering after he fell, while asleep, from his top bunk bed.
Jonathan R. Tyrrell, 52, filed a civil rights complaint in federal court in Scranton last Thursday on December 4. In the complaint Tyrrell alleges that on October 25 between 3:50 am and 4:30 am he rolled over in his sleep and fell out of his bunk four to five feet to the cement ceil floor. He landed on the right side of his body and woke. He said there were witnesses and it was seen on the prison video monitoring system. He says he still suffers pain his shoulder and neck and has constant headaches.
Before filing the complain Tyrrell stated that he exhausted administrative remedies including sending a note to the Warden Dominick Rose and the prison medical department. The Dauphin Prison, Warden Dominick Rose and the Dauphin Medical Department are named in the lawsuit.
He is asking the court to grant him nominal bail so he can get back to work to support his family, medical care and follow up medical care if necessary. He also said that monetary outcome can be discussed.
Tyrrell is in Dauphin County in lieu of $500,000 bail and is facing trial on rape charges involving a child under 13 years old.
A Megan’s Law offender, Tyrrell was convicted of rape in 1983 in a separate case.