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

source: http://www.wtvq.com/midatlantic/tvq/news.apx.-content-articles-TVQ-2008-06-13-0001.html

8 Responses

  1. These people may be prisoners, but they are still human beings and should be protected. This is terrible that human beings want to treat their fellow human beings like animals. If these people are guilty, they should be punished.

  2. My boyfriend of 5 years is currently in the fayette county detention center… Since being in there he has been beaten so badly….drugged up with something that makes him psyco…. he’s not even the same person. I cannot believe they can get away with things like this…If all of these things are out in the open how the hell is that place still that bad… come on now how can someone on the inside not have enough of a heart to come foward and help these people?? I am 4 1/2 months pregnant on the verge of a miscarriage from all of this stuff and I pray every night that my boyfriend is not dead the next time I go see him Someone has to do something….

  3. Why don’t you report it ? Go with it public, even on the TV, go on 20/20 TV program. This abuse must be stopped.

  4. Sleeping with a con, bet your momma is proud of you…

  5. Evidently, Fayette County is in a class of it’s own. There seems to be no one in charge from what i can find out. On 11/20/11 an individual was arrested by Lexington metro police for expired plates and no insurance. His premature son has been in UK Hospital for about 2 months and they had started back home. Further checking, they discovered a bench warrant from another ky county for this individual from an incident in 2005 for failure to appear,(A WALMART CHECK) even thought in 2009 i had the KSP, The local police chief here, a Private Investigator in Florida, a sheriff dept in Florida, an Indiana Bail Bondsman, run this person through records checks, NCIC and nothing showed up. When arrested they told this boy he would be taken back to the county of issue ASAP(THAT DIDN”T HAPPEN). He was put in jail on sunday 11-20-11 about 11 pm, was told there was no bond(THAT WAS A LIE), he could not make a phone call from the jail, he was not allowed incoming call, he could receive no mail or send any out, i was told by people at the jail and from the clerk’s office he had been before a judge since being arrested(THAT WAS A LIE). According to what i can find out, within 12 hours after someone is arrested in Ky., a pretrial officer will approach that individual to help facilitate release at the least restricted terms(THAT DIDN”T HAPPEN). The arresting personnel must notify the issuing court(County Sheriff from issuing county) of the arrest of that individual immediately(AS OF TUESDAY Nov 22nd THAT HADN’T HAPPENED). Once the issuing court personnel are notified they only have 72 hours to come pick up the individual, or he is to be released. (THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY NEVER KNEW TILL I CALLED THEM HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED and was in jail in FAYETTE CO). He is to be issued a copy of the bench warrant at arrest time(THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN). tHEY TOOK ALL HIS MONEY HE HAD, for a booking fee and uniforms-may have been for the pizzas and subs they delivered to the jail while i sat for 1 hr 25min after furnishing the bond receipt. I understand all this situation, or DO I? So maybe someone will read this just to try to get something done. Is there a jailer for Fayette county? Kentucky is the only state in the United States that elects a jailer, does Fayette County? Looks like the mayor, FBI, Ky State Police, county attorney’s office, the Ky Dept of Justice might look at this BS and put a stop to all of it, and by the way, Arrested people have right also-ands i agree to that to a point. It’s probably not only Fayette county either, The Great COMMONWEALTH of Kentucky

    • “dc101, on November 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm said:

      According to what i can find out, within 12 hours after someone is arrested in Ky., a pretrial officer will approach that individual to help facilitate release at the least restricted terms(THAT DIDN”T HAPPEN). The arresting personnel must notify the issuing court(County Sheriff from issuing county) of the arrest of that individual immediately(AS OF TUESDAY Nov 22nd THAT HADN’T HAPPENED). Once the issuing court personnel are notified they only have 72 hours to come pick up the individual, or he is to be released. (THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN BECAUSE THEY NEVER KNEW TILL I CALLED THEM HE HAD BEEN ARRESTED and was in jail in FAYETTE CO). He is to be issued a copy of the bench warrant at arrest time(THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN). ”

      Actually Pretrial Services doesn’t see everyone that gets arrested. There are many things a person that gets arrested for, including various warrants, that is not a pretrial services matter. Examples being a warrants for non-payment of fines, probation violations, or anything where a case already has a guilty plea entered. All those things are post-trial violations and have nothing to do with pretrial services.

      Also Pretrial Officers have no say what so ever in someone release. They have no authority at all.

      As far as no bond on warrant, it is very likely there may not have been one. Many judges will sign warrants, especially for non-payment of fines warrants, and not put a purge out amount on them or an amount owed on the fines. Sometimes it can be found on the court clerks end but sometimes it can’t at all.

  6. And NCIC is only as good as the person entering the information into NCIC, which is usually done by the county sheriff’s department in KY. There are many warrants issued in KY that will not show up in NCIC. Kentucky has it’s own warrant system to check for warrants on individuals and they are not tied into NCIC at all.

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