Feds: Vermont Inmate Paid Guard to Allow Sex Visits

BURLINGTON, Vt. —  A federal grand jury has indicted an Ascutney man on charges that he paid a guard at the Addison County Jail to allow a woman to come to the jail after visiting hours for sex.

Frank Sargent faces three counts of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The U.S. attorney’s office for Vermont said the incidents occurred while he was at the Addison County Jail, which has a contract to house federal prisoners, while awaiting sentencing on a bankruptcy fraud conviction.

Authorities said Sargent was attempting to influence the woman, in hopes she would testify favorably to him at his upcoming sentencing hearing. He ended up being sentenced on the bankruptcy fraud charge to time served while his case was pending.

The indictment alleges Sargent told the woman to bring $300 to each of their meetings so he could pay the guard.

Court documents did not identify the guard or the woman, but said both are under investigation and charges against them are possible.

source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,373301,00.html

NYC Corrections Officers Fired for Giving Inmate Drugs

Two rogue Rikers Island guards who allegedly smuggled contraband to an accused cop killer were pushing marijuana, tobacco and alcohol, authorities revealed yesterday.

Correction officers August Durand, 31, and Michael Santiago, 24, were fired for supplying the illicit substances to inmate Lee Woods as he awaited trial for gunning down NYPD officer Russel Timoshenko.

Department of Correction spokesman Steve Morello said the quantities of booze, smokes and weed weren’t “significant.”

The guards, who worked in Woods’ housing unit, are suspected of giving him cups or swigs of some sort of alcohol, since no bottle was found in his cell. Tobacco and pot were found stashed away, officials said.

“It’s not unique for us to either intercept or discover marijuana or tobacco in the jail,” said Morello. “These commodities are in demand.”

He said the case has been referred to the Bronx District Attorney’s Office and the Department of Investigation.

source:  http://www.officer.com/web/online/Internal-Affairs-News/NYC-Corrections-Officers-Fired-for-Giving-Inmate-Drugs/5$42053

Ex-Oregon youth prison warden indicted

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) – An indictment unsealed this week accuses the former superintendent of a youth detention center near La Grande of stealing state property and tampering with witnesses.

Darrin Humphreys of Bend was arraigned Thursday on more than two dozen counts of theft, official misconduct and other charges. The most serious of the charges are seven counts of first-degree theft.

Humphreys resigned as superintendent of the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn last June, shortly after the Oregon State Police started investigating his activities while running RiverBend, a 50-bed detention center in Eastern Oregon.

Humphreys did not enter a plea, and he was neither held in custody nor required to post bail. His attorney declined to comment.

source: http://www.koin.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=e762cf74-da01-40dd-8de0-cf2276a5560e&rss=1103

Corrections officer gets probation in jail scandal

STROUDSBURG — Former Monroe County Correctional Facility guard Dana Simpson, 35, of Tobyhanna, was sentenced Thursday to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to a contraband charge (lending his cell phone to an inmate).

The incident occurred in January 2005, while Simpson was employed at the jail. He, five other corrections officers and a cook were charged after an investigation into allegations of employees having sexual contact with or providing contraband to inmates.

The following also have been sentenced:


  • Former guard Mark Gutshall, 40, of Blakeslee, to three to 23 months in Monroe County Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault.
  • Former guard Roodney Ulysse, 35, of Tobyhanna, to a year’s probation after pleading no contest to contraband charges.
  • Former guard Yvonne Lockard, 32, of Tobyhanna, to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to contraband charges.
  • Former guard Karen Stone, 38, of Mount Pocono, to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to contraband charges.
  • Former guard Frank Bell, 51, of Bangor, to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to contraband charges.
  • Former cook Misty Mate, 31, of Albrightsville, to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to contraband charges.

source: http://www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080627/NEWS/806270361/-1/rss01