Prisoner says rat bit penis in 2007

District Judge Arthur Spatt denies Long Island, N.Y. county's motion to dismiss Peter Solomon's lawsuit

Associated Press
January 14, 2011 1:59AM (UTC)

A federal judge in New York has allowed a man to proceed with a lawsuit claiming a rodent bit him on the penis while he was being held in a Long Island jail. District Judge Arthur Spatt has denied Nassau (NAS'-aw) County's motion to dismiss Peter Solomon's lawsuit. It claims officials did not take adequate steps to ensure the safety of inmates at the jail in East Meadow.

Solomon was jailed on a charge of menacing his wife in 2007. He claims a rat or "similar rodent" bit him. His 2008 lawsuit claimed the county was indifferent to jail rodent complaints.


The county contended there was no evidence of rodents, but the judge says Solomon raised enough issues about pest control for the suit to proceed.

The New York Law Journal first reported the ruling Thursday.

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