Corrections officer charged in criminal sexual conduct case


Charles Deveaux, photo courtesy Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
Charles Deveaux, photo courtesy Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A 54-year-old man has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and authorities say the victim was under 11 years of age.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday the arrest of 54-year-old Charles Deveaux, a correction officer at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Sheriff Lott stated that the 10-year-old victim in this case reported on June 22nd to her mother that she was sexually assaulted by Deveaux.

Lott said the mother reported the assault to the sheriff’s department and investigators determined that the 10-year-old was assaulted by Deveaux.

Officials say Deveaux no longer works for Richland County.

Sheriff Lott said Deveaux turned himself in to investigators at 1pm Thursday, was charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor – victim under 11 years of age – and booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.


Former head of Illinois corrections sent to prison for 2 years for taking payoffs

CHICAGO (AP) _ Fighting back tears and apologizing to his teenage daughters, the former head of the Illinois prison system was sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking payoffs from lobbyists.

“What I did was absolutely wrong,” said Donald Snyder, who admitted pocketing $50,000 from lobbyists when he was director of the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He said he hoped his conviction on the charges would not bias employers against his daughters when they grow up and look for jobs. “I’m sorry, girls,” he said, turning to the bench where they were sitting.

Snyder, who pleaded guilty, also volunteered to be a federal witness, secretly recorded corrupt conversations and testified at the trial of one of the lobbyists.

Judge James B. Zagel chastised Snyder. “I didn’t believe much of your testimony and I didn’t believe much of your testimony because of your claimed lack of memory,” Zagel told him.

Snyder admitted that he took $30,000 from Larry Sims, a lobbyist for two vendors. He said he pocketed up to $20,000 from two other lobbyists, former Cook County undersheriff John Robinson and Michael J. Mahoney.

Sims and Robinson have pleaded guilty. Mahoney was acquitted in a bench trial before Zagel.

The case drew attention not only because of Snyder’s position but because Mahoney had lobbied the prison system while executive director of the John Howard Association, a prison reform organization.

Besides sentencing Snyder to two years in prison, Zagel ordered him to forfeit $50,000, the amount of the payoffs he pocketed, and perform 300 hours of community service at a rate of 20 hours a week.

Michael Metnick, Snyder’s lawyer, urged Zagel to consider the good job Snyder did in improving the state’s prison system, reducing the amount of gang violence.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Joel Levin said that much of Snyder’s tenure as corrections director was marked by “waste, mismanagement, cronyism and abuse of office.”

Zagel said Snyder, who served as Illinois corrections director from 1999 through early 2003, diminished the stature of government officials by setting a terrible example and making people doubt their integrity.

Former Prison Guard Pleads In Fayette County Court

A former guard at the Mt. Olive prison has admitted helping an inmate escape.

FAYETTEVILLE- — Clarissa Johnson, 36, pleaded guilty to permitting the escape of a prisoner.

Police say Johnson allowed Robert Brady to escape from a work detail at the prison last November.

Brady was on the run for nearly two months before he was re-captured.

Johnson will be sentenced Sept. 15.

She faces one to five years in prison.

Brady goes on trial for the escape next week.


2 prison guards sentenced in suspected Mexican drug lord’s escape

MEXICO CITY – Mexican authorities say two prison guards have been sentenced to eight and 19 years in jail, respectively, for helping suspected drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escape in 2001.

The federal Attorney General’s Office says Carlos Ochoa and Victor Godoy were guards at the Puente Grande federal prison in the western Mexican state of Jalisco when Guzman escaped. They were in charge of manning the prison’s gates.

The office announced the sentences in a statement issued Wednesday.

Guzman is the alleged leader of the Sinaloa cartel. Investigators say he escaped from Puente Grande in a laundry cart after bribing guards.