Inmate held on sex assault charges is attacked in Broward courtroom
During a courtroom break, “an individual in the gallery of a courtroom managed to get into the jury box and briefly attack an inmate.”
By Lisa J. Huriash
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - An inmate charged with sexually assaulting a child was attacked while he was in the courthouse on Monday, authorities said.
Sheriff’s officials did not identify the relationship between the inmate and the man who attacked him, citing the charges the inmate faces.
A Sheriff’s spokesman said that about 10 a.m. Monday, during a courtroom break, “an individual in the gallery of a courtroom managed to get into the jury box and briefly attack an inmate.”
A Sheriff’s deputy was able to stave off the attack and the man was arrested and charged for misdemeanor battery and given a notice to appear in court.
The inmate, Jorge Arias, 41, was in court Monday on 11 charges stemming from 2020, including sexual battery on child ages 12-17.
According to the incident report, at the end of November 2019, when the victim had already turned 12, “Jorge had intercourse with [redacted] in her bedroom ... on at least seven different occasions.”
The report also states that “Jorge would always buy [redacted] anything she wanted to include fast-food and ice-cream to return the favor for having sex with him.”