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.


Ex-guard gets probation for forcing inmates to sing nursery rhymes, bark like dogs

A former corrections officer at Westmoreland County Prison will serve probation after pleading guilty Monday to forcing inmates to kneel and sing nursery rhymes and bark like dogs.

Scott A. Rogers, 39, of Mt. Pleasant was a 10-year guard before he was charged with three misdemeanor charges of official oppression. He was sentenced yesterday to serve nine months on probation by Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway. Continue reading

Prison official arrested in bar fracas

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. — A former prison superintendent faces a battery charge for allegedly pushing a bartender to the floor and punching a customer at a bar where he was denied a tab.

Timothy Todd, 57, was arrested Thursday by police in Michigan City on preliminary charges of battery, resisting law enforcement and public intoxication. Continue reading

Prison Guard Trial To Begin Monday

Guard Accused Of Attacking Child Rapist

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A trial is set to start Monday for a prison guard accused of attacking a convicted child rapist.


Joshua Barber is charged with beating Jeremy Duffer as the inmate was being transported from one cell to another at the Charles Bass Correctional Complex. Continue reading