Corrections officers charged with gouging inmate’s eye

PUNTA GORDA — A southwest Florida corrections officer was released from jail Friday after he was arrested for gouging an inmate’s eye, police said.

William Wilson, 25, was fired Thursday and arrested on aggravated battery charges, following an investigation into the May 21 incident at the Charlotte Correctional Institution.

The unnamed inmate was being transferred out of his cell by a group of officers when Wilson intentionally gouged the inmate’s right eye with his hand, according to a Florida Department of Corrections report. The eyeball later had to be removed by medical staff.

The inmate was being transferred for inpatient mental-health treatment.

Florida Department of Corrections spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said it’s unclear if Wilson was provoked. Still, she called Wilson a “brutal employee” and said that kind of behavior cannot be tolerated. He had been with the department since 2006.

Wilson was released on $100,000 bond. A jail official did not know if he had an attorney.


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