Employees Admit Jail Sexual Encounters

Two men admit they had sexual encounters with Montgomery County jail inmates while they were working there.

Santiago Alcantara and Kevin Vance settled their court cases on Wednesday and were placed on a two-year pre-trial diversion and probation.

The men worked for the sheriff’s department but were fired earlier this year after internal investigations revealed the sexual relationships.



Two corrections officers arrested for computer tampering

Two corrections officers with the Sheriff’s Department were arrested Thursday on charges of computer tampering.

Keith Anthony Doty and Sameer Ibrahim Qasem were being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations when they were arrested.

It’s not clear what specifically was tampered, but the Pima County Sheriff’s Department says agents from the FBI made the arrests after search warrants were served.

The FBI obtained search warrants for Qasem’s home and work locker.

Qasem is charged with 26 counts of computer tampering. Doty is being charged with eight counts of computer tampering.



Federal-prison guard accused of spouse abuse

LEESBURG – A federal corrections officer arrested on a charge of domestic violence could lose his job if he is convicted of the felony, a prison spokesman said.

John Woodall, 37, was arrested early Sunday after his wife said he choked her with his hands, according to a Lake County sheriff’s report.

The report said Woodall, who works at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman, threatened to kill his wife and then himself during a quarrel at their home near Leesburg. The report also said Woodall’s wife, who was not identified by name, told authorities her husband wrapped his legs around her chest and squeezed until she was unable to breath, causing her to fear she would die.

Deputies arrested Woodall based on his wife’s statement and unspecified physical evidence.

Charles Ratledge, a prison spokesman, confirmed that Woodall was a corrections officer at the Coleman facility but provided no other information. He was uncertain whether Woodall’s supervisors were aware of the arrest, which could disqualify him from his post. Woodall, who was released from the Lake County Jail after posting bond, could not be reached for comment at home or through the prison.



Duval corrections officer charged, accused of putting Taser to inmate’s chin

A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office corrections officer was arrested Thursday after a police investigation determined records were falsified about an assault on a prisoner.

Felipe R. Garcia, 40, was charged with official misconduct.

A lieutenant was making rounds Aug. 29 when she observed a corrections officer holding a Taser to the chin of an inmate, according to the arrest report. The officer cursed at the prisoner, who was sitting down, and slapped the stationary man, the witness told police.

When the office prepared a report on the incident, the lieutenant said he omitted details about the assault and blamed his actions on the the prisoner’s larger size and mental instability. The inmate was in jail for petty theft and providing false identification to police.

Chief Tara Wildes of the Duval County jail said Garcia is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the case. Garcia was hired by the Duval County jail in November 2006 and has no disciplinary history, Wildes said. His charge is a terminable offense.