Guard accused of having sex with inmate PUEBLO _ A prison guard has been issued a summons on accusations that she had sex with a male inmate at San Carlos Correctional Facility in Pueblo.
Thirty-two-year-old Dominique Romero, also known by the surname Rivas, faces a charge of sexual contact inside a correctional institution.
Prosecutors allege the relationship went on between Oct. 1 and Dec. 12.
Corrections officials say Romero was hired May 1, 2000, and was fired last year, on Dec. 21.
A court appearance was scheduled for Feb. 25.
SCF officer arrested
Officer accused of harassing mother of alleged mistress
STERLING — A Sterling Correctional Facility officer was arrested Jan. 16 on suspicion of harassing the mother of a woman whom he is accused of having an affair with, and who filed charges against his wife after she attacked her.
Gary Little, 34, of Sterling, was arrested at Sterling Correctional Facility Jan. 16 and charged with one count of intimidating a witness or victim, a class-four felony.
The original incident occurred between the late hours of Dec. 31 and the early morning of Jan. 1. Little’s wife, Eva Little, was charged with disturbing the peace for striking the woman with whom Gary Little was accused of having an affair.
A Sterling Police officer was dispatched to the home of the woman’s mother on Jan. 10. The mother told the officer that Little was having an affair with her 24-year-old daughter until the Dec. 31 altercation. The mother said Little had called her home approximately nine times that day. While the officer was interviewing the mother, Little called the home again from a private number. The officer told Little not to call anymore, and Little said he was done.
The mother said Little started calling shortly after 10:15 p.m. and became angry after she would not give him her daughter’s new phone number. She said Little threatened to make her life “a living hell” if she did not drop the charges against his wife.
The mother told the officer she had worked with Little at the prison before she was fired. She accused Little of making accusations against her that caused her firing.
Sterling Correctional Facility had no comment.
Deputies disciplined in jail death
Two sheriff’s deputies were suspended for three days in the death of a woman who bled to death in the Denver City Jail, the city’s police monitor said in a report released today.
A third deputy quit before discipline could be imposed. The deputies’ supervisor and a fourth deputy received cautionary letters in their file.
The report by Denver Independent Police Monitor Richard Rosenthal came nearly two years after 24-year-old Emily Rice screamed and begged for help in the jail, then died. An autopsy showed she had a 7-inch gash in her liver and a ruptured spleen.
Doctors at Denver Health Medical Center cleared Rice before she was discharged and taken to the jail after a car crash Feb. 18, 2006. A breath test showed that her blood alcohol content was 0.121 percent. Driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or more is illegal.
The family has been demanding action from the city since her death Feb. 19, 2006, and filed a federal lawsuit against the city, Denver Health Medical Center and nearly 50 deputies, jail guards, doctors and nurses.
There were valid reasons for the frustrating, lengthy delays in the city’s investigation, Rosenthal said.
He also said that gaps in the jail’s video surveillance system were not caused by deliberate tampering.
“This is an outrage,” said Darold Killmer, attorney for Rice’s family. “This report is intended to give the appearance of independent review, and that makes it even more evil. It’s rubber stamping. Whatever the safety manager and sheriff say is fine with him.”
The report ignores the key issue of why Emily Rice died in the jail and why cries of help from her and other inmates were ignored, Killmer said.
“It’s like the Titanic sinks, and he says the deck chairs needed polishing,” Killmer said.
After a lengthy investigation by Denver safety manager Al LaCabe, three deputies were disciplined for falsifying records about rounds that weren’t conducted in Rice’s case.
Two deputies were suspended for three days for false documentation. One of them also was cited for failing to notify nursing staff of the need to immediately examine Rice when she arrived at the jail. More severe discipline wasn’t warranted for that deputy because Rice had just been cleared by doctors at Denver Health, Rosenthal said.
A third deputy resigned before discipline was imposed. Rosenthal said she should have been fired for false round documentation and lying to internal affairs.
Cautionary letters were issued to the deputies’ supervisor and a fourth deputy for false round documentation.
LaCabe completed his investigation in November, but disciplinary actions were not made public because of personnel confidentiality rules.
Determining exactly what took place during Rice’s stay at the jail — including what rounds really took place — was undermined by gaps in the jail’s video system. However, Rosenthal said he was convinced that the gaps didn’t result from deliberate tampering.
Deficiencies in the system have already been corrected, Rosenthal said.
The criminal investigation took seven months before the Denver district attorney’s office concluded that no criminal charges could be filed against deputies in Rice’s case.
The sheriff’s department internal affairs investigation began after that, but was thwarted by the refusal of Denver Health Medical Center staff to cooperate or talk to investigators, Rosenthal said.
Rosenthal said an agreement has been reached in which Denver Health staff will cooperate in future investigations.
Thorough investigation and documentation of the case also took time, he said.
“As such, any time delays associated with completing the investigation and its write-up were considered to be acceptable,” Rosenthal said.
Rice slammed into another car as she turned into a gas station at East Hampden Avenue and Happy Canyon Road on Feb. 18, 2006. She was taken to Denver Health Medical Center, where doctors cleared her for release to the jail. Staff at the jail described her as “uncooperative” and dismissed her complaints as the rants of an intoxicated “drama queen” and ignored her cries for help — cries that went on for hours, jail records show. She grew weaker as the hours passed and died early Feb. 19, 2006.
State regulators said the hospital engaged in “patient dumping” in Rice’s case. A division of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment cited the hospital for failing to properly screen her for injuries, stabilize her before she was transferred to the jail or reassess her condition before she was discharged.
The hospital has declined to comment on the Rice case, including the state’s findings.
Inmate Sues Jail, officers Blames It For His Escapes
DENVER — An inmate who twice escaped from the Pueblo County jail filed a federal lawsuit Thursday, alleging that guards abused him and didn’t do enough to stop him from breaking out.
Scott Anthony Gomez, Jr. alleges that guards have sprayed him with pepper spray, shot him with a stun gun, and beaten and kicked him without provocation. He also claims that employees of the Pueblo County sheriff’s department got other inmates to assault him.
The suit in U.S. District Court in Denver was filed against Pueblo County, former sheriff Dan Corsentino, current sheriff Kirk Taylor, six guards and their supervisors. A sheriff’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to a message left afterhours and there was no listed telephone number for Corsentino, who left office last January
According to the suit, Gomez and another inmate escaped on Nov. 22, 2006 — the second jail escape that year — by pushing up a ceiling panel, getting into the jail’s ventilation system and lowering themselves from the roof using a rope made of bed sheets. Gomez was captured two days later.
Gomez alleges he told Corsentino that there were many ways to get out of the jail but that security wasn’t improved.
Gomez claims he was assaulted by a guard on Jan. 3, 2007 and then charged with inciting a riot, prompting him to plan another escape with another inmate. He alleges the cell doors in his maximum security wing could be easily opened and he was able to loosen a tile in a shower ceiling when a guard left the area unattended for an hour.
According to the lawsuit, after climbing out a hole in the ceiling, Gomez was seriously injured when he fell 40 feet while trying to scale down the side of the jail.
The lawsuit, which seeks an unspecified amount of money, claims authorities “did next to nothing to ensure that the jail was secure and that the Plaintiff could not escape.”
Gregory Kilcollins, 22, had already served one month of his sentence when he left the jail this morning to work on the crew.
At about 9 a.m., the CDOT employee supervising Kilcollins and two other inmates stopped at A&E Tire on 52nd Avenue and Vasquez Boulevard to have a slow tire leak repaired, said Capt. Frank Gale, a jail spokesman.
Kilcollins remained outside while the CDOT driver “went in to talk to the attendant and two others in the crew went in to go to the restroom,” Gale said.
The driver left the keys in the white van, and Kilcollins, who has been in jail on misdemeanor traffic or drug charges seven times since 2003, drove off. The van was pulling a small trailer carrying tools.
Kilcollins, who was wearing a dark blue jail jumpsuit, could face a felony charge and a sentence of several years for stealing the van when he is caught, Gale said. “Potentially, he is looking at some really serious time based on just this one stupid act.”
Nonviolent inmates such as Kilcollins, who pose no risk to the community, are frequently assigned to work crews. He had been working on the crew collecting trash along state highways for three weeks before he escaped.
In October, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail. After he was released, he went to court on a separate, pending case for possession of hashish and received his current sentence.
Date Posted: 18:01:35 06/04/07 Mon
ICE Was Informed Of Arapahoe County Colorado Wetback’s Detention, But Did Nothing – A Week Latter He Stapped His Former Girlfriend To Death
ARAPAHOE COUNTY, COLORADO – A week before an illegal immigrant allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death, Arapahoe County jailers told federal immigration officials they had the Chilean locked up, but no effort was made to deport him.
“It boils down to a priority issue,” said Carl Rusnok, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “We have to go after the most serious offenders. In this particular case, the traffic and drunken-driving charges didn’t rise to that level of seriousness. Unfortunately, the one he committed now does.”
ICE did place a hold on Freddy Aguilera-Zamora, 31, on Thursday after a Denver Post reporter notified the agency that Aguilera-Zamora was being held in Denver City Jail for investigation of first-degree murder.
“We’ll place him in deportation proceedings,” Rusnok said. ICE officials have confirmed that the native of Chile is an illegal immigrant, he said.
However, before deportation can be considered, Aguilera-Zamora first faces a possible charge in the death of his ex-girlfriend Britt Mackay, who was stabbed multiple times in her apartment in the 2200 block of South Josephine Street on Wednesday morning.
Another former girlfriend of Aguilera-Zamora, who asked to remain anonymous, said she called police when he climbed onto the second-floor balcony of her Parker apartment on Jan. 7, 2005, and pounded on her window.
Parker police arrested him that morning as he drove away from her apartment and charged him with a misdemeanor count of drunken driving.
“I thought for sure he’ll be deported,” the woman said, adding that Aguilera-Zamora had told her earlier he entered the country illegally. “This angers me a lot. It doesn’t make sense. I was surprised they let him out of jail last week.”
The woman said that her early-morning encounter with Aguilera-Zamora had some similarities with the circumstances leading to Mackay’s death.
In both instances, he had been drinking, she said. And shortly before Aguilera-Zamora climbed up the side of her building, she had broken up with him.
Mackay’s mother, Carol Mackay, said her daughter had split with Aguilera-Zamora, a plumber, about two months ago.
She said she did not know he was an illegal immigrant.
Arapahoe County Under sheriff Mark Campbell said his deputies call ICE whenever they suspect someone is an illegal immigrant regardless of the seriousness of the crime. In Aguilera-Zamora’s case, a deputy called ICE on May 7, the day he entered the jail, but was told there would be no ICE hold on him. Campbell declined to comment further.
Rusnok said ICE doesn’t have enough resources to investigate every referral the agency receives on a possible illegal immigrant. Instead, ICE focuses on the most serious offenders.
Last year, ICE deported more than 88,000 immigrant criminals to other countries, he said. A total of 195,000 illegal immigrants were deported, Rusnok said.
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