4 officers indicted in 2006 alleged inmate beating

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Tazewell County grand jury has indicted four sheriff’s department correction officers for allegedly beating an inmate in 2006.


Those charged include Sgt. Michael Harper and corrections officers Joel Brown, Eric Rasmussen and Schad Martin. All face counts of felony official misconduct. Brown also is charged with felony aggravated battery.


Twenty-three-year-old Charles L. Chandler of Washington says he suffered a broken jaw and several ribs during the beating on November 6, 2006. Chandler has filed a lawsuit against Tazewell County, Sheriff Bob Huston and four jailers, saying he was stripped naked and beaten.


Chandler is seeking a total of $5 million, an additional $100,000 from each of the four jailers, plus attorneys fees.

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Corrections Officer Charged In Inmate Gun Investigation

KISSIMMEE — A corrections officer has been arrested in the case of an inmate in Osceola County who somehow managed to get his hands on a loaded gun in jail.

Michelle Hung was arrested after she reportedly lied to detectives, who are trying to figure out how inmate Angel Santiago, 28, acquired the loaded 9 mm pistol Monday.

Hung, 44, was responsible for transporting inmates to court.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office would not say what she told detectives that was considered a lie.

Hung was charged with filing a false police report. She is being held on a $1 million bond.

Santiago, 28, was serving two life sentences, when he tried to escape by pulling the gun and trying to take a jail officer hostage.

Hung was transferred to the Orange County jail for her own safety

source: http://www.cfnews13.com/News/Local/2009/6/27/corrections_officer_charged_in_inmate_gun_investigation.html?cid=rss



Inmate Who Threatened Officers With Gun Is Arrested

KISSIMMEE — Deputies have arrested an inmate who attempted to escape by pulling a gun on two Osceola County Corrections officers Monday.

Authorities said around 7:20 p.m. on Monday, deputies were called to the medical bay at the Osceola County jail to respond to an attempted escape.

A corrections officer told the deputies that after escorting Angel Santiago to make a phone call, the inmate pulled out a gun and told the corrections officer that he would “blow my head off.”  He then forced the officer to switch uniforms with him.

Another corrections officer realized what had occurred. The corrections officer in the inmate uniform pushed the gun away from Santiago while the other corrections officer was able to get Santiago on the floor and call for assistance. Additional officers arrived and secured the scene and weapon.

The officers said the suspect was in court recently, but they don’t know how he got the weapon.

Santiago is charged with aggravated assault with a firearm on a corrections officer, armed robbery, kidnapping, attempted escape, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of contraband in a correctional facility, impersonating a corrections officer, person engaged in a criminal offense with a weapon and resisting with violence.


Corrections Officer Arrested In A Sex For Drugs Sting

A Wakulla corrections officer is now on the other side of the law for soliciting sex in exchange for drugs.

61-year-old Donald Barber was arrested for allegedly telling a Gadsden County Confidential informant that he would buy the
CI some crack-cocaine in return for sex.


An undercover officer, posing as a drug dealer, sold Barber 40-dollars worth of crack.

Officers on standby then arrested him without incident.

Barber had his corrections I-D badge and his uniform present in the hotel room during the drug-sex sting.

source; http://www.wctv.tv/home/headlines/47572087.html

Corrections’ officer sentenced for drug trafficking

For the first time in B.C. history, a provincial corrections’ officer has been convicted of drug trafficking while on duty.

Roger Moore, a 35-year-old guard with seven years experience, was sentenced Friday to four years in jail in connection with an incident in 2006 in which he smuggled steroids, pot and ecstasy into the North Fraser Pretrial Centre – the largest such facility in the province – for sale to inmates.

“Mr. Moore’s actions stand in stark contrast to the professionalism displayed by our corrections’ officers every day,” Marnie Mayhew, a spokeswoman for B.C. Corrections said in an interview. “This case represents the isolated actions of one individual.” Continue reading

Corrections Officer Arrested In Undercover Drug Bust

POLK COUNTY (Bay News 9) — Deputies have arrested a Department of Corrections correctional officer after they said she attempted to purchase prescription drugs from an undercover detective on Monday.

According to reports, Deborah Frisina, 51, met the undercover detective in the parking lot of a Winghouse restaurant in Lakeland to purchase the drug Diazepam without a prescription.

Deputies say Frisina gave the detective $240 for 300 of the pills, and also asked for Oxycodone, but the detective did not have any.

Frisina told detectives she wanted to purchase the drugs for her own personal use to manage pain.

She was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail and is being charged with one count of purchase of a controlled substance, one count of possession of a controlled substance without prescription, and one count of trafficking in Oxycodone.

source: http://www.cfnews13.com/News/CountyByCounty/CountyStories/2009/6/23/corrections_officer_arrested_in_undercover_drug_bust.html?cid=rss

Fired jail workers’ texts are released

Text messages between two Louisville Metro Corrections employees fired for allegedly lying about a case involving a fellow employee accused of domestic violence refer to the employee as being “in hiding.”

The city released the texts Wednesday after an open records request was filed by The Courier-Journal.

Former corrections Maj. Robert Dietz and Deputy Director Laura McKune were dismissed on May 12. Corrections Director Mark Bolton said they lied about a case involving corrections Sgt. Ron Morris, who was accused of trying to strangle his wife during an argument. Continue reading

Corrections officer arrested on child porn charges

Cobb County police have arrested a Bleckley County corrections officer for distributing child pornography.

The suspect, Jason Shane Price, 31, of Byron, is being held by the Bleckley County Sheriff’s Office.

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According to Cobb police, one of their detectives posed as a 13-year-old girl for an undercover operation that began in March. The detective received from Price sexually explicit messages and images, and videos depicting child sex abuse.

source: http://www.ajc.com/services/content/metro/cobb/stories/2009/06/23/child_porn_correctional_officer.html?cxtype=rss&cxsvc=7&cxcat=13

Corrections Officer Arrested At Folsom Prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A corrections officer was arrested at Folsom State Prison on three felony charges, including having firearms in prison and being in a street gang.


The Sacramento County District Attorney’s office said no charges were filed Tuesday against Ramon Rossman, 24.


According to the county’s inmate information system, Rossman was initially booked on felony charges of bringing and/or firearms in prison, participating in a criminal street gang and destroying evidence.


The district attorney’s office said Rossman was released Tuesday without bail, and that it needs more information before a case can be filed.


Rossman worked for the with the corrections department for three years, Folsom State Prison spokesman Lt. Anthony Gentile said.


He is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

source: http://www.kcra.com/news/19771900/detail.html

WA to pay $1M in prison sex abuse suit

OLYMPIA – The Washington state Department of Corrections will pay a $1 million settlement to five current and former female prisoners who claimed they were sexually abused by prison guards.

The settlement announced Friday also calls for DOC to take steps to reduce the chances of future sexual misconduct by its staff and to respond more effectively when misconduct occurs Continue reading

Inmate awarded $1.3M in sex assault by guard

Jun 11th, 2009 | DENVER — A Colorado inmate who was repeatedly sexually assaulted by a guard was awarded $1.3 million by a judge who said he wanted to send a message that prison rapes will not be tolerated.

In a ruling issued Wednesday, U.S. Circuit Judge David M. Ebel said the Colorado Department of Corrections doesn’t effectively prevent sexual assaults against inmates.

The woman at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility sued former Sgt. LeShawn Terrell last year, claiming he repeatedly assaulted her and raped her in 2006. She settled out of court with the Corrections Department for $250,000. Continue reading

Prison Guard Accused of Killing Wife While Police At Door

A TDCJ guard was arrested Thursday and accused of shooting and killing his estranged wife. 38-year-old Samuel Vanparys is being held in the Walker County jail on a two million dollar bond. Vanparys is charged with first degree murder in the death of 27-year-old Ellen Buffington.

Police said the shooting happened Thursday just before noon in the 2400 block of Montgomery Street, in Huntsville.

“I don’t think I’ve ever been to a homicide where a victim was shot this many times before,” said Lt. Kevin Lunsford. “It was very brazen with police standing just outside the door.” Continue reading

Prison manager, inmates face drug charges

A unit manager and three inmates at Rimutaka Prison have been charged with cannabis-related offences.

The arrests follow an investigation involving the Department of Corrections and police.

Police laid charges against the unit manager on Thursday and the prisoners were to face charges on Friday.

Department of Corrections chief executive Barry Matthews says his staff quickly detected the illegal activity and worked closely with police to identify the accused.

Mr Matthews says any kind of illegal activity cannot be tolerated in prisons and he expects a high level of honesty and integrity from staff.

He says the actions of one manager should not detract from the hard work, dedication and professionalism shown by staff at Rimutaka Prison.

The department will not comment further on the nature of the charges, saying the matter is now before the courts.

Mr Matthews says the arrested prison manager has worked for the Corrections Department for 16 years. He says indications are that no other staff from the prison were involved in the activity.

source:  http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/stories/2009/06/05/1245b561aadb

Detention deputy accused of beating teen inmate

Last year, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office received widespread criticism after a series of people complained they were abused while at the jail, including a wheelchair-bound man who was dumped on the floor by a deputy.

On Wednesday, a jailer was accused of beating a teenage inmate who spat on him. By the end of the day, he had been suspended, arrested and the sheriff was praising the deputy who turned him in.

“I am extremely disappointed in the actions of the deputy who assaulted this inmate. However, I am proud of the other deputy who saw the incident, knew it was wrong and brought it to our attention,” Sheriff David Gee said. Continue reading