Sheriff’s jail deputy accused of domestic violence

COLERAIN TWP. – A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy faces a jury trial next week on charges of domestic violence, assault and obstruction of official business.

Nicholas Rauen, 27, of Colerain Township, was charged May 11 after sheriff’s deputies were called to his home for a report of domestic violence, Hamilton County court records show.

The jail guard is free on $6,000 bond.

Rauen is accused of attacking his wife at his home and then attacking another woman when she came to check on the couple. His wife told authorities he threw her against a wall and onto a bed. Then, she said, he climbed on top of her, shook her and yelled at her.

The other woman said she asked Rauen to listen to her but “he flipped out.” She told authorities he threw her to the floor, bruising her arm and elbow.

When deputies arrived, he kicked the door shut and locked it, records state. Once they got inside by using a spare key, records state Rauen refused to show officers his hands and had to be threatened with a Taser to comply.

Rauen and his lawyer, Steven Halper of Blue Ash, have filed court documents maintaining the deputies who arrested him were at fault.

An anonymous person called 911 to report the alleged domestic violence situation, Rauen and Halper state. That person refused to identify himself and did not provide enough information to justify a search of Rauen’s home, they say.

Halper said he is hopeful the matter will be resolved in court on Tuesday. Rauen and his wife are still together, and a protection order originally granted in the case has been dropped because his wife never wanted it, Halper said.

The couple did argue, but the rest of the matter is a misunderstanding, he said.

The argument broke out at Rauen’s home after Rauen, his wife and other deputies had been at the wedding of another deputy. Halper said the deputies were all outside when two other deputies from the sheriff’s department arrived to investigate after receiving the 911 call.

He declined to discuss the specifics of the case further.

Rauen was hired as a corrections officer on April 7, 2005. He continues on duty since the charges are misdemeanors, said sheriff’s spokesman Steve Barnett. If his is found guilty, the sheriff determines punishment, which can range from reprimand to termination.

Rauen’s trial begins Tuesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court.


Detention Deputy Arrested For Selling Pain Pills, Sheriff’s Office Says

A Polk County detention deputy has been arrested for selling Oxycontin tablets to undercover detectives, the Sheriff’s Office said today.

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Shawn Thomas Lucas, 30, was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday after selling the pain killers to the detective.


Earlier Thursday, detectives received information that Lucas was selling Oxycontin, the Sheriff’s Office said. Undercover detectives arranged to meet Lucas in the parking lot of Save-A-Lot shopping center at Havendale Boulevard and 42nd Street in Auburndale.


Lucas, who was off-duty at the time, agreed to sell the undercover detective six whole pills and nine half pills, a total of 4.4 grams, with an approximate street value of $200, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Lucas was arrested without incident and consented to a search of his 1999, Ford pickup truck where detectives recovered a fully loaded .45-caliber handgun, Lucas’ personal weapon.

Lucas was charged with armed drug trafficking because of the weapon found in his vehicle at the time of the undercover drug buy, the Sheriff’s Office said.


Lucas told detectives he and his family were having financial difficulties and that his deceased father had been prescribed the Oxycontin.  Detectives recovered additional pills at Lucas’ residence.


Lucas resigned from the Sheriff’s Office upon his arrest. 


Lucas had been assigned to the South County Jail. He was hired on March 6, 2006, and had no disciplinary actions during his employment.

Lucas worked for the Florida Department of Corrections, prior to being hired by the Sheriff’s Office. 


Lucas was booked into the Polk County Jail without incident.  He is being held without bond until first appearance today.


Prison Guard Busted On Drug Smuggling Charges

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — Maryland prison officials have accused a 22-year-old correctional officer of trying to smuggle marijuana and tobacco into the Roxbury Correctional Institution near Hagerstown.

The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services said Krista Blank, of Mount Savage, planned to deliver the contraband to inmates at the medium-security institution.

The agency said it was alerted by other correctional officers and an internal intelligence unit led to the discovery of the contraband inside a staff restroom at the prison.

Blank could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all four counts of marijuana and contraband possession and possession with intent to deliver the materials inside a prison.

Blank has no home telephone listing, and her union representatives didn’t immediately return calls from The Associated Press.

Sue Esty, assistant director of the Maryland branch of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, the state workers’ union, said any judgment would be premature until Blank has had an opportunity to present evidence in her defense.


Ex-inmate files lawsuit against Jailer in sexual battery case

A former inmate at the Allen County Jail has sued a former confinement officer and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, alleging she was sexually battered by the guard who cornered her in a section of the jail.

According to court documents, Kimberly Keller of Fort Wayne was sexually battered by Bryan Hemmitt on May 19, 2007, while being housed in the jail.

Hemmitt pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery on Sept. 4, 2007, and was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, according to court records.

The five-count civil complaint alleges sexual battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment and breach of duty.

According to charging documents filed in the criminal case, Hemmitt called Keller from her cellblock to the sally port area of the jail and touched her in a sexual manner while making a sexual comment. Keller tried to refuse his advances, court documents said, and he put his foot against the cellblock door, blocking her in.

Later in the day, a female guard was going to take Keller back to her cellblock after Keller met with her attorney. Hemmitt said he would take Keller to her cellbock. He offered to put money in her commissary account and then, while in the elevator, touched himself as he said he wanted to have sex with her, according to court documents.

Keller reported the matter to other confinement officers and sheriff’s department officers began to investigate, hearing from other inmates who corroborated Keller’s allegations. Other confinement officers told investigators Hemmitt inquired about the women’s cellblocks and how many women were out of their cells at a time, which struck the officers as odd.

On May 19, 2007, Hemmitt opened the door to Keller’s cellblock using an override function, a security violation. When asked what he was doing, Hemmitt said he had to do something and then left. Hemmitt was then seen on the security cameras entering the sally port area, according to court documents.

When questioned by investigators, Hemmitt said he might have accidentally brushed up against Keller. During a subsequent internal affairs interview, Hemmitt resigned and was escorted from the building, according to court documents.

Allen County Sheriff Ken Fries said the investigation began immediately after the allegations became known and the information was then forwarded to prosecutors.

Hemmitt worked at the jail from April 2004 until May 2007, Fries said.

“We won’t stand for any misconduct by our employees at the confinement facility,” he said.

Hemmitt could not be contacted by phone Friday.


A Correction Officer and two Police Officers were indicted in Campbell County

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) — Three law officers from three different agencies have been indicted on various charges in Campbell County.

Former Jacksboro Police Officer Ancil Brian Parker, 39, and former Campbell County Corrections officer Tonya Robinson, 34, have both been indicted on official misconduct and drug charges, according to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation release.

The TBI says, “Robinson was also indicted on one count of theft under $500.”

Marijuana and cocaine were stolen from evidence at the Jacksboro Police Department and traded to a third person for prescription drugs, according to the TBI release.

“Robinson’s theft charge stems from stealing from a prisoner at the jail,” according to the TBI.

Parker and Robinson were charged several months ago, but were only recently indicted.

Also in Campbell County, former LaFollette Police Officer Jeremy Cross, 26, has been indicted on two counts of official misconduct and one count of official oppression.

“On July 5, 2008 Cross stopped a female motorist and during the traffic stop, sex acts were performed in exchange for the victim not going to jail,” according to the TBI release