Man convicted of sexual assault accused of attacking Florence prison employee

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Jacob Harvey By Jennifer Thomas Jacob Harvey By Jennifer Thomas

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Department of Corrections has released the name of the inmate being investigated following Thursday's assault of a staff member assigned to the Arizona State Prison Complex - Eyman in Florence.

Jacob Harvey, 20, is under criminal investigation in connection with the assault of an employee at the Meadows Unit of the Eyman Complex. The victim is a teacher in the Correctional Education Program and was assaulted inside a classroom, according to the Arizona Department of Corrections.

Investigators have confirmed that the employee was stabbed with a pen and sexually assaulted, according to Department of Corrections spokesman Bill Lamoreaux.

The employee was taken to an off-site medical facility for treatment.

Lamoreaux said the criminal investigation is ongoing and the Department of Corrections will recommend that the suspect be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible and that any sentence be imposed consecutively.

Harvey was admitted to the Department of Corrections on March 12, 2013, after being convicted in Maricopa County Superior Court on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping.

Glendale police arrested Harvey for a Nov. 7, 2011, sexual assault near Orangewood and 43rd avenues. He was 17 years old at the time. Glendale police said he knocked on the victim's door and asked for a drink of water then forcibly entered the home and sexually assaulted the woman.