On the night Feb.28, a female correction officer at Rikers Island was sexually assaulted and almost raped in a locked watch post by a much larger prisoner, but a group of inmates intervened and rescued her.

According to reports, at approximately 8:15 p.m., accused assailant Raleek Young, 27, who stands 5’9” and weighs 290 pounds, got inside the bubble-like “A station” watch post at the Anna M. Kross Center, after claiming to be on his way to pick up a mattress from another unit.

Once inside, he blocked the security door, dragged the officer to a bathroom, choked her, pulled down his pants and began masturbating. The criminal complaint says Young ripped off the officer’s sweater and “placed his lips on her mouth and about her face.”

A group of inmates quickly responded, helping other correction officers tear away at the Plexiglass on the outside of the post. An inmate with a thin build slipped through the narrow space that was created and opened the security door. A number of inmates rushed inside, tackled Young and rescued the correction officer.

“I appreciate (them) helping a sister officer because that could have been their mother, wife or sister,” stated Correction Officers Benevolent Association President Norman Seabrook, saying the attack could have been much worse if the inmates had not stepped in to help, adding that 90 percent of them “are there to do their time and go home.”

Young, who was serving a 5- to 10-year sentence for raping a 13-year-old girl, was arraigned Monday on new charges of attempted rape, sexual abuse, forcible touching and assault and harassment. However, the union president was furious that Young was not immediately rearrested and hit with additional charges.

Seabrook became involved after officers at the facility refused to go to their posts at the start of the 3 p.m. shift Sunday, in protest of the jail brass labeling the incident a routine “use of force” matter, rather than a sexual assault. He went to the jail and persuaded the officers to go back to work after promising to take up their cause, claiming staff at the Bronx district attorney’s office insisted the matter would be handled after the weekend.

“There must be accountability,” Seabrook fumed Monday. “Officers are assaulted every day, and (Bronx DA Robert Johnson) has the audacity to say, ‘Not today, bring him back at another time.’ I will not tolerate it. I will not stand for it.”

Correction Department spokeswoman Eve Kessler said, “The matter is under investigation.”

Most of the attack was captured on video, a source who viewed the footage said. The attacked officer was treated at the hospital afterwards.