Report: Ky. jailer says sexual acts were wrong

GLASGOW, KY (AP) – A southern Kentucky jailer has told state investigators he knew having sexual contact with employees was “wrong morally.”

But Barren County Jailer Leland Cox says he thought the women involved would tell him if he crossed the line.

The Glasgow Daily Times reported that Cox gave a 37-minute taped statement to Kentucky State Police detectives on July 24, 2008, shortly after his arrest on 30 sex abuse charges. The paper obtained the tape through a public records request.

In March, Cox entered an Alford plea to the charges. A judge set Cox’s sentencing for March 2011.

Cox says that sexual contact with the women happened for about a year and always with the workers at the jail that he believed he could trust


Fired jail workers’ texts are released

Text messages between two Louisville Metro Corrections employees fired for allegedly lying about a case involving a fellow employee accused of domestic violence refer to the employee as being “in hiding.”

The city released the texts Wednesday after an open records request was filed by The Courier-Journal.

Former corrections Maj. Robert Dietz and Deputy Director Laura McKune were dismissed on May 12. Corrections Director Mark Bolton said they lied about a case involving corrections Sgt. Ron Morris, who was accused of trying to strangle his wife during an argument. Continue reading

Jailer Charged

A Cass County jailer and part time dispatcher has been charged in a drug crime. 

Last week, authorities arrested 41-year-old Bradley Fagerman of Walker after an investigation by the Sheriff’s Office and the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. 

Fagerman was charged with two counts fifth degree controlled substance crime. 

This is the third time that a sheriff’s employee has faced criminal charges within the past year.


Former federal prison guard goes to prison

COVINGTON, Ky. — A former federal corrections officer has been sentenced to prison in a smuggling scheme that brought contraband tobacco into the Federal Correctional Institution Ashland.

A federal judge in Covington sentenced 43-year-old David Thompson of Raceland on Friday to four years in prison. Continue reading

Deputy Jailer arrested

The Larue County Deputy Jailer is now the one behind bars.


Jennie McGee was arrested early Sunday morning by Kentucky State Police.


McGee was wanted for five counts of felony theft out of Perry County, Indiana.


She was also charged with five counts of “fugitive from another state” regarding the warrants.


McGee is lodged in the Hart County jail on a $15,000 bond.


Corrections officer pleads guilty to extortion



COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A federal corrections officer at an eastern Kentucky prison has pleaded guilty to extortion in a scheme that involved smuggling tobacco products to inmates.

David Thompson, 43, of Raceland, admitted in court Friday that he received $19,600 to bring cigarettes, chewing tobacco and loose leaf rolling tobacco to inmates at Ashland FCI from Oct. 30, 2006, through Feb. 8.

Prosecutors said Thompson would bring the tobacco into the prison and pass it along to an inmate. The inmates were instructed to sell the tobacco products on his behalf, with friends and relatives of the inmates sending Thompson money as compensation.

Thompson started working at the prison in July 1990. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30.


Indicted Bourbon County jail officials not working

PARIS, KY (AP) – Court documents show a Bourbon County jailer and his chief deputy – indicted following a jail house death – are not working while charges against them are resolved.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported that court documents showed Jailer Tony Horn and Chief Deputy Jailer Sandy Dotson agreed to stay out of the Bourbon County Detention Center so they could be cited into court, rather than arrested.

The paper reported Horn and Dotson retain their job titles and continue to get paid.

Horn is accused of destroying e-mails following the death of 28-year-old Daniel Trimble, who was found dead in his cell Feb. 15. An autopsy concluded that Trimble died of “asphyxiation due to hanging.”

Horn is charged with tampering with public records and official misconduct.

Dotson faces charges of evidence tampering and official misconduct.

The Herald-Leader reported Horn did not return phone messages and Dotson could not be reached for comment.


Reformatory officer charged with promoting contraband

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A corrections officer working at the Kentucky State Reformatory has been arrested for promoting contraband inside the facility. James Sams III arrested by Department of Corrections officers at the reformatory Wednesday and booked into the Oldham County Jail.

According to a release from the Kentucky Department of Corrections, Sams was found with tobacco inside his socks. A search of his car found a loaded 9mm handgun, pepper spray, a knife and additional tobacco. Officials says that information they got during those searches led to two inmates in the KSP Special management Unit that had more tobacco and a cell phone.

In a statement released by the Department of Corrections, Warden Dave Donahue said that Sams will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


Sheriff’s jail deputy accused of domestic violence

COLERAIN TWP. – A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy faces a jury trial next week on charges of domestic violence, assault and obstruction of official business.

Nicholas Rauen, 27, of Colerain Township, was charged May 11 after sheriff’s deputies were called to his home for a report of domestic violence, Hamilton County court records show.

The jail guard is free on $6,000 bond.

Rauen is accused of attacking his wife at his home and then attacking another woman when she came to check on the couple. His wife told authorities he threw her against a wall and onto a bed. Then, she said, he climbed on top of her, shook her and yelled at her.

The other woman said she asked Rauen to listen to her but “he flipped out.” She told authorities he threw her to the floor, bruising her arm and elbow.

When deputies arrived, he kicked the door shut and locked it, records state. Once they got inside by using a spare key, records state Rauen refused to show officers his hands and had to be threatened with a Taser to comply.

Rauen and his lawyer, Steven Halper of Blue Ash, have filed court documents maintaining the deputies who arrested him were at fault.

An anonymous person called 911 to report the alleged domestic violence situation, Rauen and Halper state. That person refused to identify himself and did not provide enough information to justify a search of Rauen’s home, they say.

Halper said he is hopeful the matter will be resolved in court on Tuesday. Rauen and his wife are still together, and a protection order originally granted in the case has been dropped because his wife never wanted it, Halper said.

The couple did argue, but the rest of the matter is a misunderstanding, he said.

The argument broke out at Rauen’s home after Rauen, his wife and other deputies had been at the wedding of another deputy. Halper said the deputies were all outside when two other deputies from the sheriff’s department arrived to investigate after receiving the 911 call.

He declined to discuss the specifics of the case further.

Rauen was hired as a corrections officer on April 7, 2005. He continues on duty since the charges are misdemeanors, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett. If his is found guilty, the sheriff determines punishment, which can range from reprimand to termination.

Rauen’s trial begins Tuesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court.


Kentucky Jailer Charged With Rape

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say an eastern Kentucky jailer is behind bars on a rape charge.

Police say 50-year-old Elliott County Jailer Charles F. Howard was arrested and is being held at the Boyd County jail in Ashland. His bond is set at $100,000.

Howard’s arrest report says the allegation was made by a woman whom Howard was transporting to another jail on Sunday. The woman’s name wasn’t released.

Howard is charged with first-degree rape. It couldn’t be
determined Tuesday night whether he was represented by a lawyer.

Floyd County corrections officer admitted having sex with inmate

A  former Floyd County Corrections Officer admitted to having sex with an inmate and even going to his mother’s house to get pills for him, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in the Superior Court Wednesday.

Michelle A. Hurst, 39, of Borden, told detectives that she had sexual intercourse with an inmate, 31-year-old Craig Proctor, on at least two occasions in July. She also gave Proctor oral sex two other times, she told police.

From June 12 to June 23, Proctor made 40 calls to Hurst’s cell phone. In the phone calls which were taped, Hurst discussed how she was going to bring tobacco products and a cell phone delivered to him in his jail cell.

Hurst also said she went to Proctor’s mother’s house three times and had his mother give her pills to take to give Proctor, according to the affidavit. She brought him two loratabs and three other pills, she said.

On another occasion, she brought him Makers Mark and Wild Turkey whiskey and an MP3 player.

Hurst was employed by the Floyd County Sheriff’s Department from April 5 until July 21, 2008. Sheriff Darrell Mills said she was still on probationary status, and he was able to fire her immediately after hearing of allegations.

Detectives officially began investigating Aug. 4, according to the affidavit.

Mills said that he monitors his employees closely and does not tolerate anything unprofessional.

“This shows that the system is working,” Mills said.

Hurst was charged with sexual misconduct by a service provider and trafficking with an inmate, both class C felonies. She was also charged with trafficking with an inmate, as a class A misdemeanor.

A class C felony is punishable by two to eight years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

Hurst’s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday. Bond was set at $50,000.


Second in command at Louisville jail resigns amid complaints, including sexual harassment

Metro Corrections deputy director quits


Kevin Sidebottom

The second in command at the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections has resigned amid an internal investigation into complaints against him, including an allegation of sexual harassment, city officials said.

Deputy Director Kevin Sidebottom submitted a letter of resignation yesterday, but did not give a reason, said Metro Corrections spokeswoman Pam Windsor.

Sidebottom’s resignation came one day after jail director Tom Campbell announced his plan to retire at the end of this month, but Campbell said the departures were unrelated.

“I regret that some people insinuate that it has anything to do with that,” he said.

Sidebottom’s resignation comes amid an investigation into six complaints against him. Windsor said those include a sexual harassment allegation made by a female employee.

“There have been some employee complaints to the compliance department of the metro government human resources department,” she said.

She and Campbell said they did not know the nature of the five other complaints.

Sidebottom’s resignation is effective Sept. 14, and he will continue working until then, said Kerri Richardson, a spokeswoman for Mayor Jerry Abramson. At that point, the internal investigation would be closed, she said.

A message left last night at a number listed for Sidebottom in Louisville was not immediately returned.

Officials said Sidebottom was appointed by the previous jail director and has served as deputy director for about four years.

On Thursday, Campbell announced he planned to retire at the end of the month to spend time with family and pursue other activities after more than three years on the job.

Campbell was leading the search for his own replacement. No decision had been made about replacing Sidebottom, officials said.

Richardson acknowledged the city faces a challenge in filling the two top slots at Metro Corrections at the same time, but said she was confident that replacements would be found within weeks.

“It’s an uncomfortable position to be in to replace two people,” she said. “But we’ll be all right.”


Former jail guards guilty in inmate attack on teenager

COVINGTON, Ky. — Two former guards at the Grant County jail accused of allowing a teenage inmate to be sexually assaulted there were found guilty yesterday of conspiring to violate the teen’s civil rights.

The federal jury returned the verdict against Wesley Lanham, 30, of Dry Ridge, and Shawn Freeman, 35, of Irvine, yesterday.

The trial began Monday, and the case went to the jury yesterday afternoon.

The two face life in prison when they are sentenced Dec. 8.

Prosecutors argued that Lanham and Freeman showed deliberate indifference when they did nothing to prevent the young man from being transferred to a cell with 14 convicted felons, where he was assaulted in February 2003.

The teen was in jail overnight for trying to outrun a state trooper who caught him speeding.

Defense lawyers had argued that Lanham and Freeman were scapegoats, saying they were among the lowest-ranking guards on duty the night of the attack and were just following orders.

Freeman’s attorney, Randy Blankenship, said the men didn’t lock the teen in the cell with the convicts.

That was done by Clinton Shawn Sydnor, the sergeant on duty. Sydnor avoided trial by agreeing to testify against Freeman and Lanham in exchange for prosecutors recommending a 15-year sentence.

Lanham took the stand Wednesday and denied that he told inmates to harm the teen. He testified that he only asked an inmate to talk to the young man about making the right choices in life.

Freeman also testified Wednesday, saying he didn’t hear Lanham tell anyone to harm the teen.

The victim, who was 18 at the time of the attack, testified Tuesday that he thought he was going to be killed before the attack and that he was denied medical care afterward.


Two Former Covington Jail Guards To Go On Trial

The trial is set to begin for two former jail guards accused of allowing a sexual attack on a teenager in the jail.

Opening statements are scheduled Monday in U.S. District Court for the trial of Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman.

Both men are accused of pushing the 18 year old high school student into a cell with 14 inmates in February 2003 in the Grant County jail.

The teen was in jail for outrunning police.

Lanham and Freeman are accused of conspiracy and violating the teen’s civil rights.

Another former guard, Clinton Sydnor, has also been scheduled for trial, but he pleaded guilty Friday.

Prosecutors will recommend a 15-year prison term for him.

He has agreed to testify against the other guards.

A total of three inmates were later convicted in the sexual assault, and at least one of them has been subpoenaed to testify against Lanham and Freeman.


Guard pleads guilty in jailhouse rape

The highest-ranking guard on duty when an 18-year-old high school student was raped in a northern Kentucky jail pleaded guilty Friday to violating that man’s rights.


The Kentucky Enquirer said prosecutors recommended Grant County Jail guard Clinton Shawn Sydnor be imprisoned for 15 years when he is sentenced Dec. 8 in federal court on charges of conspiracy and a civil rights violation. The 30-year-old Falmouth resident faced a life sentence if found guilty at trial.

Sydnor also agreed to testify against two of his former coworkers in a trial set to begin Monday. Those men, Wesley Lanham and Shawn Freeman, also face life in prison if found guilty of conspiring to violate the victim’s rights.

Prosecutors allege guards solicited a group of convicted felons sexually assault the man while he was locked up in February for speeding and attempting to elude police.


Two Correction Officers Are Indicted

Two corrections officers are indicted for allegedly threatening an inmate and bringing knives into a federal prison.

The men indicted are officers at the Big Sandy Federal Prison in Martin County.

WYMT’s Angela Sparkman spoke with one of them in Perry County.

Larry Miller, 32, of Hazard says he is suspended without pay.

Prison officials tell us Kevin Christopher Fallen, 25, of Campton is also facing suspension.

A federal grand jury returned indictments against both men on Tuesday.

They charged the corrections officers with violating the rights of a Big Sandy inmate and providing an inmate with a pocket knife.

In an exclusive interview with WYMT, Miller says he didn’t do anything wrong.

Larry Miller says he has plenty of scars from December 30th.

Miller says he’s been off work and on worker’s compensation ever since he claims an inmate attacked him.

Now he’s suspended from work after a federal grand jury indicted him and another corrections officer, Kevin Christopher Fallen on accusations they brought pocket knives into the prison and allegedly violated an inmate’s rights by threatening or hurting him.

“It just happens that night we were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Miller said.

Miller claims the inmate assaulted other corrections officers the day before.

The indictment says the next day, Miller was angry about it and told the inmate he could have him killed, and threw mop water at him.

The indictment also claims he showed a knife to the inmate.

Miller won’t answer questions about those allegations.

“That’s something I really can’t discuss with everything going in the trial,” Miller said.

Miller claims the inmate attacked Fallen and him with a knife when they opened his door to give him food.

“We’re the ones going through surgeries. How can they attempt to charge us with a crime when we’re the ones the crime is committed against?”

Officials with the U.S. Attorney’s office and the Prison say they can’t discuss the allegations or indictments because of pending court proceedings.

Miller is waiting for his day in court.

Miller and Fallen are scheduled for arraignment July 31st in federal court in Pikeville.
Officials cannot release any information about the inmate.

Former Bullitt County Deputy Sheriff charged with sexual misconduct is a no show in court

A former Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy accused of sexual misconduct with an inmate was a no-show in court on Monday.

After more than two hours of waiting, an Oldham County judge was about to issue a warrant for Joseph Rogers but instead, Rogers’ attorney showed up and spoke on his behalf.

Rogers, who had turned himself in to police in May, is accused of sexual misconduct with a female inmate on more than one occasion.

The judge entered a not guilty plea on Rogers’ behalf. Rogers’ attorney wouldn’t comment.


Five Fayette County Corrections Officers Indicted on Inmate Abuse Charges

They’re supposed to watch over those accused of breaking the law, but a Federal Grand Jury says some Fayette County Jail Employees…were doing some lawbreaking of their own.

Five current and former Fayette County Corrections officers are indicted on allegations of inmate abuse.

The indictment alleges the multiple incidents of abuse took place from January to October of 2006.

Five officers face charges, they are:  Lt Kristine LaFoe, Sgt. John McQueen, Sgt. Anthony Estep, Cpl. Carence McCoy and Cpl. Scott Tyree.

According to the indictment…the defendants assaulted inmates at the intake unit of the jail and they conspired with each other to cover up the abuse by filing false reports and charges.

This isn’t the first we’ve heard of alleged abuse at the Fayette County Detention Center. In October 2006, the F-B-I searched the jail and carted away documents in its probe of excessive force.

Today Mayor Jim Newberry released this statement after learning of the indicmentments

“We have been aware of the ongoing investigation at the jail and will continue to fully cooperate.”

The Mayor continued by saying all of the indicted officers will be suspended with pay except for Scott Tyree who no longer works at the Detention Center


Female inmate speaks out about sex with corrections officers

 A female prison inmate is speaking out about sex with corrections officers inside the women’s prisons at Pewee Valley.

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Alisha Brewer says the prison guards threatened to punish her if she wouldn’t have sex with them.

Two correctional officers at the women’s prison in Pewee Valley have been fired, but neither has been hit with criminal charges in connection with allegations that they had sex with inmate Alisha Brewer.  And even if they are charged, it will only be a misdemeanor because Kentucky is one of just three states where sex with an inmate is not a felony.    

She shared her story with WHAS11 News’ Mark Hebert, hoping Kentucky law is changed to make prison employees think twice. Brewer asked that we not show her face, only during the interview with her.

Brewer says her second day inside the Kentucky Correctional Institute for women, she met Captain Andrew Kerrick.  Brewer says she fell for the officer pretty quickly.

From May to November of last year, Brewer says she and Kerrick had sex six or seven times, in bathrooms, the maintenance shed, always out of the eye of the prison’s cameras.  Eventually, Brewer claims, Kerrick was smothering her, waking her every night.   So she tried to break off the behind-bars relationship:

But Kerrick wasn’t Brewer’s only problem, according to what she told us.

Alisha Brewer claims Sergeant Robert Tingle pressured her to have sex one time.  That was the final straw for Brewer, who spilled her guts to a female corrections officer.  An internal investigation was launched and inmate Brewer was placed in the Special Management Unit, segregation, for 24-hours a day, for her own protection:

Both officers, Kerrick and Tingle, were fired in March, Kerrick denying through his attorney that he ever had sex with Brewer, Tingle couldn’t be reached. Both were accused of having improper contact with an inmate.

Warden Cookie Crews says Kentucky State Police continued the investigation at her prison.  It’s now in the hands of the Shelby County Attorney who hasn’t decided whether there’s enough evidence, other than Alisha Brewer’s word, to charge Kerrick and Tingle with a crime.  And even if they are charged, it would only be a misdemeanor. 

Kentucky corrections officials have unsuccessfully lobbied state lawmakers to make sex between corrections staff and inmates a felony.

For Alisha Brewer, who’s in the middle of a 7-year sentence for credit card fraud, sending a tough message to corrections officers can’t come too soon, “I know that I’m a convicted felon and I know I’m an inmate.  Just because I’m an inmate doesn’t mean that we do not have rights especially as human beings and women.  We should still get treated halfway decent in prison and we don’t.  And I’m not the first but maybe i’ll be the last,” says Brewer.

State corrections officials say 14 staff members have been fired or disciplined in the last four years for inappropriate relationships with convicts.

Captain Andrew Kerrick’s attorney says the corrections officer never had any sexual relations with Alisha Brewer.  Kerrick is appealing his firing but refused Mark Hebert’s request for an interview.

Sergeant Robert Tingle apparently has an unlisted phone number.  We couldn’t find him for comment.  He has not filed an appeal to his dismissal.


Bullitt County deputy suspended after sex abuse allegation


LOUISVILLE (WAVE) – A Bullitt County sheriff’s deputy is off duty and accused of sexual misconduct. Deputy Joe Rogers is a four year veteran of the department.

Deputy Joe Rogers
Deputy Joe Rogers

A female inmate of the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center has filed a complaint against Rogers, who was in charge of transporting inmates outside of Bullitt County for the sheriff’s department.

Rogers, former chief of the Shepherdsville Police Department, was suspended with pay on May 23rd pending the outcome of the investigation.

Kentucky State Police and Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department are both investigating the allegation.


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