Former Correctional Officer Schemed with Inmate After She was Terminated by Division of Correction


Baltimore, Maryland – Fonda Deneen White, age 41, of Parkville, Maryland, and Jeffrey L. Fowlkes, age 41, an inmate in the Maryland Division of Correction, pleaded guilty today to using the mails to extort money from a Maryland Division of Correction inmate and his family, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

“I am grateful to the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services for combating contraband cell phones that allow jailed gang members to endanger public safety,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Our ability to prosecute important cases has been enhanced as a result of Secretary Gary Maynard making it a priority to increase the department’s intelligence capabilities.” Continue reading

Prison guard, girlfriend accused in murder plot

TYLER, Texas — Authorities arrested a Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard and his girlfriend Thursday in an alleged plot to kill the woman’s estranged husband, who thought he and his wife were about to reconcile.

Cathryn Lake, 51, and Rudolph Regalado, 48, were arrested in Tyler on charges of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder. The two were named in indictments unsealed late Thursday that accused them of promising to pay for the murder of Lake’s husband. Continue reading

Former Polk County Jail Sergeant Charged with Using Excessive Force

ATLANTA, GA—JOSHUA DAVID LOWE, 25, of Aragon, Georgia, a former sergeant at the Polk County Jail, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a felony charge of using excessive force against an inmate. LOWE is scheduled to make an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Walter E. Johnson in Rome on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 10 a.m.

United States Attorney David E. Nahmias said, “The great majority of Georgia’s detention officers serve with honor and courage, often under trying circumstances as they guard the inmates in our jails and prisons. But any officers who abuse their authority by violently assaulting inmates violate the Constitution and face going to prison as inmates.” Continue reading

Prison guard arrested in state police smuggling sting


State police say a 43-year-old prison guard has been arrested in an undercover sting operation after allegedly agreeing to smuggle heroin and a cell phone into a Suffield prison.

State police say Connie Atkins, an East Hartford resident, met an undercover police officer who was pretending to be a drug connection, in Hartford on May 21.

State police say Atkins agreed to smuggle 28 grams of heroin and a cell phone to an inmate at MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution for $3,500.

Atkins has been released on $10,000 bond and is scheduled to returns to Hartford Superior Court on June 20.

A state police spokesman, said Tuesday that no other members of the correctional staff are suspected of involvement in the case.


Guard charged in hospital beating in Lancaster

A Lancaster County Prison guard last August severely beat a prison inmate who had been shackled to a hospital bed, according to criminal and civil complaints.

Silvestre Villarreal, a longtime prison guard who weighs about 200 pounds, climbed on a bed at Lancaster General Hospital and straddled the inmate, according to the complaint of a civil lawsuit filed a week ago.

The correctional officer repeatedly hit the inmate, Vance Laughman, until nurses intervened. He struck him so hard that he broke his own hand, according to the complaint. Continue reading

GBI: Three arrested in illegal operation at correctional facility


SUMTER COUNTY, GA (WTVM) – Special agents and the Sumter County Sheriff’s Department arrested three people for attempting to sale marijuana across guard lines to inmates at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.

Felecia Champion, 22, Travis McGruder, 23, and Simone Boone, 19 were arrested on Rucker Street off Georgia Highway 19.  Nearby, inmates from the Sumter County Correctional Institution conducted a work detail.  

We’re told  the suspects allegedly attempted to deliver marijuana.

On Wednesday, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation arrested correctional officer, 34-year-old James Cooper, for his alleged “violation of oath.”

Cooper is suspected of transporting “contraband” across guard lines at the Sumter County Correctional Institution.  Special agents executed a search warrant at his home on Beauchamp Road in Smithville, Georgia.

Cooper had been a correctional officer for about five years. 

Special agents say the investigation is on-going. News Leader 9 is following this story. We’ll bring you the latest information as soon as it becomes available


Ex corrections officer arrested for sexual contact with inmate

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police detectives arrested a former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility officer at his Portland home on two charges related to unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate.

They said 29-year-old Darcy Aaron MacKnight was arrested Tuesday morning on a Washington County warrant charging him with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct. MacKnight was a corrections officer at the facility from August 2006 until he resigned in January 2008.

In December 2008, state police detectives began investigating allegations he had unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate in a control room at the facility.


Maryland Corrections Officers Fired

 HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) — Court documents show that a state prison inmate who was beaten by correctional officers in March was injured so badly that he was unrecognizable.

The documents also allege that 42-year-old Kenneth Davis was beaten in four different attacks over a 24-hour period at the Roxbury Correctional Institution.

Several correctional officers were fired, and others have been charged with second-degree assault for their roles in the March 2008 attacks.

The documents also indicate that one of those officers, Lucas Kelley, initially withheld information about the attacks but later testified against his former colleagues.

The documents were filed in connection with a hearing for an officer who’s appealing his firing


Pregnant Ex-Guard May Be Hit With Rape Charge After Sex With Inmate Boyfriend

 A former New Mexico prison guard is being investigated for sexual impropriety, and may be slapped with a rape charge, after she became pregnant during a consensual relationship with an inmate, KRQE News 13 reported.

Reyna Lujan resigned from Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center earlier this year after working at the prison for two years. According to investigators, an informant tipped off a prison officer that Lujan was having sex with inmate Eric Brayman, behind bars for trafficking a controlled substance, in his cell.

Officials listened to 300 phone conversations between Lujan and Brayman, which paint a clear picture of the consensual relationship. Brayman called Lujan “my girl” and told her “it felt good when you touched me today,” according to the police report.

“The sheriff’s office is recommending that she be charged with criminal sexual penetration in this case,” DA spokesman Pat Davis told KOB News in New Mexico. “It’s a second degree felony because it involves a person of authority — in this case, a correctional officer.”

Lujan could potentially be charged with rape for each time she had sex with Brayman, even if it was not forced.

Brayman has since been released from jail and he and Lujan are living together.


NJ prison worker accused of having sex with inmate

RAHWAY, N.J. – A New Jersey prison employee is behind bars, charged with having sex with an inmate.

Michael Hawthorne has taught inmates cooking skills at East Jersey State Prison in Rahway since 2001. That’s the same prison where inmates have conducted the “Scared Straight” program for youngsters since 1976.

Hawthorne is accused of having a sexual relationship with the 28-year-old inmate in April and May and giving him a cell phone.

The 45-year-old Newark resident is suspended without pay and held on $100,000 bail.

Individuals in an official or supervisory capacity are prohibited from engaging in sexual activity with prisoners in New Jersey.


Lieber prison guard arrested in drug sting

A Lieber Correctional Institution officer was arrested May 5 in Ladson, along with another man, after the pair allegedly sold cocaine to undercover Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies.

The officer, 28-year-old John Russell Lambert of Summerville, is charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sheriff’s Capt. James Nettles said.

His co-defendant, Samuel Henry Crowe II, 29, also of Summerville, faces the same cocaine charges as well as simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, Nettles said. Continue reading

Former DOC Correction Officer Sentenced to Prison in Steroid Probe

JACKSONVILLE, FL (AP) — A former Department of Corrections officer will spend two-and-a-half years in prison for his role in a prison-based steroids distribution ring.

Before becoming a guard at Florida State Prison, Marcus Hodge pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization. He was indicted in February 2005 along with three other former corrections officers, who are all on probation. Authorities say Hodge cooperated with them in identifying a former pharmacy technician who supplied him with the drugs. His attorney says pending charges in Baker and Palm Beach counties will be dropped.

Hodge was charged with conspiracy to distribute steroids and prescription drugs and faced up to 20 years in prison. The charges are part of a state and federal investigation that includes embezzlement from a state-run recycling facility and misuse of state property and prison labor.


Former jailer again runs afoul of the law

OAK HARBOR — A former Skagit County Jail deputy is on the other side of the law again facing more assault charges just months after pleading guilty to groping female inmates while on duty.

Anthony Smith, 35, is accused of kissing the 15-year-old daughter of his landscaping boss, who he was working for in Island County as part of a 60-day work release program from the Whatcom County Jail.  Continue reading

Guard sprays disabled inmate

RALEIGH — A correctional officer at Central Prison has resigned after spraying disabled inmate Timothy Helms with pepper foam last weekend.

Helms, who suffered severe head injures at a maximum security facility in Taylorsville in August, now lives in the hospital ward at the Raleigh prison.

Keith Acree, spokesman for the state Department of Correction, said that at 3 a.m. Saturday, an officer found Helms beating on the door of the hospital room he shares with four other inmates.

Helms had gotten out of bed, climbed into a wheelchair and then propelled himself to the door, Acree said. Continue reading

Ex-Prison Guard Accused Of Sex With Inmate

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police detectives arrested a former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility officer at his Portland home on two charges related to unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate.

   They said 29-year-old Darcy Aaron MacKnight was arrested Tuesday morning on a Washington County warrant charging him with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct.

 MacKnight was a corrections officer at the facility in Wilsonville from August 2006 until he resigned in January 2008.

 In December 2008, state police detectives began investigating allegations he had unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate in a control room at the facility

MacKnight was taken into custody at 8 a.m. Tuesday at his southeast Portland home. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail, pending transfer to the Washington County Jail.


Corrections Officer and Two Inmates Charged

A Corrections Officer and two inmates face charges for attempting to bring about 200 grams of marijuana into the Warren Correctional Institute.
49 year-old Stephen Howard of Dayton and two inmates, Anthony Wells and Gregory Hollis, have been indicted for illegal conveyance of prohibited items onto grounds of detention facility.


Jail guard charged with assaulting inmate

TAMPA, Fla. — Authorities say a Hillsborough County detention deputy has been suspended without pay pending termination for assaulting a juvenile inmate.

The sheriff’s office reports that 29-year-old Joshua Spencer was charged Thursday with misdemeanor battery and official misconduct.

A report says a 16-year-old inmate spit on deputies Wednesday through the food tray slot of his cell. Spencer then opened the cell door, charged the inmate and knocked him to the floor. Spencer then hit the inmate at least three times on the back of the head. Other deputies restrained Spencer and got help for the inmate.

The teen had a cut on the back of his head but did not require hospitalization.

Spencer was being held on $2,500 bail.


Former Conn. guard accused of sexual assault

SOMERS, Conn. – Connecticut state police have arrested a former state prison guard, accusing her of having sex with two inmates while on the job.

Twenty-four-year-old Megan Schnitzler of Windham is charged with sexually assaulting the inmates last summer when she worked at the Osborn Correctional Center in Somers.

Schnitzler was arrested Monday and charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault. The charges stem from separate incidents at the prison that allegedly took place on July 1 and Sept. 1.

She’s been released on 40,000 bond

Correction Department spokesman Brian Garnett says Schnitzler began working there Oct. 10, 2003 and resigned last Oct. 23.

Three prison officers suspended

Three prison officers have been suspended following an investigation into the smuggling of drugs and mobile phones into a London jail.

The three men, who work at Wandsworth Prison in south-west London, were arrested in April.

They have since been bailed to appear at a police station.

A Prison Service spokesman said: “Three prison officers were suspended from HMP Wandsworth in April pending the outcome of a police investigation.”


Winnebago County Corrections officer charged with DUI


Jake A. Roberts, a Winnebago County Corrections officer, was arrested Wednesday in Roscoe, said Sheriff Richard Meyers. Roberts was charged with driving under the influence. His arraignment is scheduled for May 28.

The Winnebago County state’s attorney will handle Roberts’ case, Meyers said. Roberts’ arrest, in regards to his employment, will be a personnel matter within the county, Meyers said.