Prison Nurse Accused Of Trying To Help Rapist Escape

A prison nurse has been arrested and charged with smuggling items to a convicted rapist who stabbed his lawyer in court last year.

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Prosecutors allege that 44-year-old Deborah Girouard smuggled items to Che Sosa in an alleged plot to help him escape MCI-Cedar Junction prison in Walpole.

The charges allege Girouard slipped Sosa saw blades and other items. Sosa has not been charged in the alleged escape plot.

His lawyer was treated for injuries to his face and chest from the courtroom stabbing. 

Last March, Sosa was convicted of the 1995 rape of a 50-year-old Boston woman. He was sentenced to 40 years in prison, which is in addition to a 55-year sentence he was already serving for a previous rape.

It’s unclear when Girouard is accused of smuggling the items to Sosa. She has been charged with delivering an article to an inmate and aiding the escape of a prisoner, which are both felony charges. She faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.



A 44-year-old nurse and mother of five was ordered held without bail yesterday after she pleaded not guilty to charges of taking part in an elaborate scheme to help one of the state’s most dangerous inmates escape from prison.

Deborah Girouard of Ashby allegedly told security at MCI-Cedar Junction that she had given inmate Che Sosa an eyeglass case containing three saw blades, a handcuff key and dental floss said to be capable of cutting through the Plexiglass in his cell, according to court records and prosecutors.

In her locker, authorities also found a correction officer’s uniform and badge, a wig, fake fingernails and nail polish – props to be used in Sosa’s planned break-out tomorrow from the maximum-security prison, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Rowe said in Wrentham District Court.

Girouard, a University of Massachusetts Correctional Health nurse on contract at the prison since October 2007, had also given Sosa a pair of her underwear and a cell phone she would charge for him so the two could talk, Rowe said.

“It was clear there was a relationship that had been established,” the prosecutor said. “The extent of that relationship is not known.”

Girouard also bought a knife for Sosa, but when he asked her to smuggle in a gun, she refused, and he threatened her and her family, prompting her to come forward, Rowe said.

Defense attorney Thomas Iovieno said Girouard disputes the charges and came forward voluntarily.

Sosa, 39, is serving 40 to 55 years for nine counts of aggravated rape and is awaiting trial for allegedly stabbing his former defense attorney.

Judge Warren Powers ordered Girouard held without bail, pending a Dec. 17 hearing. If convicted of delivering an article to an inmate and aiding the escape of a prisoner, she could find herself behind bars for up to 15 years.

Mark Shelton, a UMass Correctional Health spokesman, said Girouard has worked for the program since 2005 and is on unpaid leave, pending the case’s outcome.


Correction Officer Charged With Boston Inmate Rape

A 17-year veteran of the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he raped a female inmate at a Boston jail.
Lt. Thomas Healy, a corrections officer at the Suffolk County House of Correction, turned himself in Tuesday morning. Prosecutors said Healy groped and raped the woman in her cell on Nov. 12.

Healy, 41, of Quincy, was charged with rape, indecent assault and battery and having sexual relations with a prisoner as a jail guard.

He was released on $1,500 cash bail following his arraignment in Roxbury District Court. He cannot have contact with the alleged victim and must surrender his guns.

Healy’s attorney, Stephen Pfaff, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

Suffolk County Sheriff Andrea Cabral said Healy was suspended without pay Friday after an internal investigation.

Healy has the right to an internal hearing on alleged violations of department policies, she said. After that hearing, a decision will be made on disciplinary action, and Healy could be fired, Cabral said.

“The allegations and supporting evidence uncovered by this investigation and detailed at Lt. Healy’s arraignment today are egregious,” Cabral said in a statement.


Queens jail guards face assault rap

Four guards at a jail in Queens for federal prisoners were indicted Thursday for beating and humiliating an inmate after he complimented a woman guard about her appearance, authorities said.

The attack in April on the unidentified inmate at the Queens Private Detention Facility in Jamaica was in retaliation for telling guard Krystal Mack that she looked good, according to court papers.

“It may have been said in a leering way,” a source said.

A supervisor, Marvin Wells, and two other guards marched the inmate to the shower room and ordered him to strip naked, according to court papers.

Wells allegedly struck the inmate repeatedly in the neck causing his head to slam against the wall. There are no surveillance cameras inside the shower room.

After the inmate dressed, “Wells forced him to kneel and made him apologize to Mack,” according to Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Monica Ryan.

The guards allegedly conspired to cover up the attack, but two co-workers came forward to corroborate the inmate’s account.

The prison is owned and operated by the GEO Group under a contract with the U.S. Marshal Service.

Mack still works at the jail, but Wells and co-defendants Stephen Rhodes and Kirby Gray are no longer employed there.

“This prosecution affirms our strong commitment to protecting the constitutional rights of individuals not to be subjected to injustice and excessive force by officers whose duty it is to uphold the law,” said Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Benton Campbell.


Driver Who Struck Amish Buggies is a Corrections Officer

HOLLYWOOD, Md. (Nov. 13, 2008) — The driver of a minivan that collided with two bicyclists who in turn hit two Amish horse and buggy rigs last month in Leonardtown is a corrections officer with the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Timothy K. Cameron confirmed Tuesday.

The officer, Benjamin Allen, 19, is still employed with the agency, Cameron said, while the investigation into the crash is continuing.

“We’re handling it the way we would any investigation,” Cameron said. “He wasn’t driving an agency vehicle, he wasn’t even on the clock.”

The collision occurred Oct. 26 and according to police reports Allen collided with the bicyclists riding behind the two Amish horse and buggy rigs as they were stopped for the light at the intersection of Hollywood Road and Point Lookout Road.

Both buggies were trailing canoes at the time of the accident, police reports stated.

The two cyclists, who were 17-year-old juveniles, male and female, of Leonardtown and Mechanicsville, then struck one of the horse and buggy rigs, police reports stated.

Allen, along with the juvenile cyclists, were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment. Both he and the female were released but the male was taken to Washington Hospital Center for further care.

The drivers and passengers of the two buggies were unscathed, police said.

Cameron said that the correctional officer’s career could be affected if any charges are brought against him resulting from the investigation.

“We’ll treat this with emphasis and priority,” Cameron said.

The accident was the subject of questions from at least one Leonardtown town council member at the Nov. 10 meeting.

Mayor J. Harry Norris said that when the town deputy Steve Simonds was questioned about the accident, the deputy said he had few details on regarding it.

“It surprised me, too,” Norris said. “I would expect that a deputy assigned to the town would know about such a serious accident.

“He guaranteed me he’d look into it and get back to me.”

Norris said that the Amish often bring canoes into town to take to Tudor Hall Farm to go boating.

“They’ve always used the Macintosh Run for recreation,” Norris said.

Corrections Officer Indicted For Insurance Fraud

A corrections officer at the St. Lawrence County Jail has been named in a five count indictment charging him with insurance fraud and grand larceny.

A grand jury indicted 63 year old Bernard Debien Jr. on the following charges:

– third-degree grand larceny
– two counts of first-degree offering a false instrument for filing
– two counts of third-degree insurance fraud.

Debien allegedly failed to notify the county that he and his wife, Maxine, divorced resulting in the county expending more than $62,000 in medical expenses on behalf of his ex-wife.

Prosecutors say Debien stole more than $3,000 through insurance coverage.

Had Debien disclosed the divorce, the medical coverage would have continued with Debien paying $8,600 in COBRA health insurance premiums.

Debien is also alleged to have filed a Health and Life Insurance enrollment form with the county with false statements and information.

He also is alleged to have filed a MetLife Insurance Claim Form requesting life insurance benefits as a result of his ex-wife’s death.

Debien has worked at the county jail since September 1990.

Sheriff Kevin Wells tells 7 News that “It’s a personnel matter and we will deal with it within the Sheriff’s Office. It is not connected to his job performance.


Arizona corrections officer indicted in ’04 killing of wife

coA Minnesota grand jury indicted an Arizona corrections officer on Monday on charges of first- and second-degree murder.

34 Year Old Andrew Lemcke is accused in the 2004 shooting death of his wife.

The Web site for the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office in Florence, Ariz., says he was arrested on Sunday.

Other court records say Lemcke had been living in recent years in Florence, where he had worked at a Corrections Corporation of America facility.

Nichole Riley-Lemcke was shot Sept. 12, 2004 at her Appleton, Minn., home.

Andrew Lemcke has described the shooting as accidental.

Riley-Lemcke’s parents had been pressing authorities to file criminal charges, and they filed a wrongful death suit against Lemcke him last year.


Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.