Vigo correctional officer accused of trafficking with an inmate

TERRE HAUTE A Vigo County jail correctional officer appeared on the other side of the law Friday, arrested on allegations of official misconduct and trafficking with an inmate.

Christopher J. Bose, 23, allegedly accepted at least $80 and two packages of cigarettes, which he planned to deliver to an inmate. A girlfriend of that inmate delivered the cigarettes and money to Bose on Oct. 12, said Lt. Steve Barnhart of the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, in a probable-cause hearing Friday in Vigo County Superior Court Division 3.

Bose had gone in uniform to the woman’s Terre Haute home to pick up the tobacco and $100. The woman delivered just $80, Bose told police, and he was to return to pick up the additional $20 in a mailbox at a later time, Barnhart said.

Police discovered the transaction because of a telephone call to the jail. The girlfriend had been talking with her boyfriend, who was in the county jail on a drug parole violation. When the girlfriend went to answer her door, she gave the telephone to a friend, who then spoke to another inmate.

Barnhart said the girlfriend who went to the door said, “he is a cop.” The inmate who was on the telephone said, “His name is Bose. He is cool.”

Bose was arrested about 4 p.m. Thursday during a staff meeting at the jail, said Sheriff Jon Marvel.

“This has happened before. I wanted him to be an example,” Marvel said about the time and place of the arrest. “It is simply a temptation to some of these people” working inside the jail.

“The officers are under a great deal of stress and don’t make a lot of money. That isn’t an excuse. In this day and age, there are a lot of people who don’t make a lot of money or who don’t have a job and don’t commit a crime,” Marvel said.

“This is something that we are constantly aware of that could happen and we are vigilant that we have to take measures that it doesn’t,” Marvel said.

Bose has been working as a correctional officer since August 2006, the sheriff said, “and he has seen others arrested, either for taking money or trying to get some sexual advantage.” The sheriff said he has to look out for inmates while in jail who are under his care and custody.

At the request of prosecution, Judge David Bolk released Bose on his own recognizance. He will return to court Wednesday.


Officer charged with drunken driving

A corrections officer from the Milwaukee County Jail has been charged with drunken driving after being arrested early Friday morning.

According to a news release from the county sheriff’s office, a deputy with a task force that targets drunken drivers saw the officer driving erratically through the Marquette Interchange shortly after 2 a.m. As the man headed west on I-94, he continued to deviate from lane to lane, almost hitting a median wall near N. 16th St., the release says.

After the deputy pulled the car over, the driver, Chad Recklies, 24, identified himself as a corrections officer, performed poorly during a field sobriety test and registered 0.13 on a breath test, according to the release. A blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or above is evidence of intoxication in Wisconsin.

Recklies was arrested and charged with operating while intoxicated, having a prohibited alcohol concentration and deviation from designated lane, the release says.


California Deputy Investigated In Correctional Officer’s Death

A Sacramento County sheriff’s deputy is being investigated in the shooting death of a correctional officer, a source said.

Sacramento police said they searched a locker at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center on Wednesday night. The deputy works at the facility.

The Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department would not comment on the case, as it was being handled by the Sacramento Police Department.

Steve Lo, 39, was in full uniform and standing in his garage in the 8400 block of Tambor Way shortly before 5 a.m. Wednesday when he was fatally wounded by gunfire, police Sgt. Matt Young said.

Lo was found lying in the garage, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Lo worked with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. He had been an officer for about three years.

The California Correctional Peace Officers Association is offering a $10,000 reward to help find the person responsible.

“We are deeply saddened by this terrible loss,” CCPOA President Mike Jimenez said. “Our hearts are with Officer Lo’s family, friends and co-workers during this extraordinarily difficult time.”

Anyone with information may call Crime Alert at 916-443-HELP. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.