Ex-juvenile justice officer faces solicitation charges

TALLAHASSEE — A former Department of Juvenile Justice employee faces charges of sending obscene pictures to a teen-aged girl and trying to meet her for sex, Attorney General Bill McCollum said Wednesday.

Parris Woods, a corporal with DJJ, was arrested after an investigation by the school resource officer at Boca Ciega High School.

The case was handled with the Gulfport Police Department and McCollum’s CyberCrime Unit. A 14-year-old girl reported that she received telephone text messages from a man who said he worked at a juvenile-detention center where the girl had recently been taken. She said the cell phone messages included nude images and some other materials, along with a suggestion that they meet for sex.

School Resource Officer Steven Beltran, who had been certified by the state CyberCrime Unit, began the investigation, working with McCollum’s Tampa office to set up a meeting. McCollum and Gulfport Police Chief Curt Willocks said Woods, 27, was at the meeting place when police arrived.

In Tallahassee, the DJJ said Woods was immediately fired.

The attorney general’s office said Woods was charged with one count of soliciting a minor for unlawful sexual conduct, one count of transmitting harmful materials to a minor and one count of traveling to meet a minor for sexual purposes. All of the charges are felonies.



DRUGS: Kennewick prison guard accused of taking drugs to work

A Washington State Penitentiary corrections officer was arrested Monday for bringing drugs into the Walla Walla prison, officials said.

Camren James Jones, 20, of Kennewick, is suspected of taking cocaine, heroine, methadone and marijuana into the prison, with plans to deliver drugs to inmates, the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin reported.

Walla Walla police Sgt. Matt Wood described the heroin found on Jones as being about the size of two golf balls, the newspaper said.

Jones resigned shortly after his arrest.

The arrest was made as part of an investigation into delivering contraband to inmates.

For more crime news, see Wednesday’s Herald and tricityherald.com.

source: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/945/story/325518.html

Prison Worker Charged With Smuggling Contraband

DENVER (CBS4) ― A former religious service counselor at a Florence prison was charged Monday with providing contraband, cigarettes and heroin, to an inmate.

John E. Thacker, 42, of Pueblo, who worked at the high-security U.S. Penitentiary, was charged in U.S. District Court.

An investigator said the inmate told him the inmate sold the cigarettes to other inmates for $200 a pack and they resold the packs for about $500 each.

Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are prohibited in federal prisons and considered substances that threaten “the order and discipline” of prisons, the investigator, Paul Sullivan, wrote in a court affidavit.

The investigator said Thacker “indicated he brought (the inmate) approximately 20 cartons of cigarettes on 4 or 5 occasions in 2006.”

Sullivan said another inmate and the inmate’s wife told the investigator that the wife gave Thacker $1,500 to smuggle in contraband, including a small quantity of heroin hidden inside cigarette cartons.

The investigator said Thacker stated he had been offered money, but denied he received any money and denied knowing that heroin was in the cartons. He resigned his job with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
source: http://cbs4denver.com/local/federal.prison.contraband.2.823455.html

D.A. Files Charges Against Denver Deputy, Officer

The Denver district attorney filled charges against a Denver sheriff’s deputy and a police officer Monday.

The sheriff’s deputy is being charged with assault for allegedly assaulting an arrestee while being processed at the Denver City Jail, said D.A. Mitch Morrissey.The alleged assault happened in May.

Morrissey said the deputy, identified as Daniel Steckman, 34, is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 7.