Deputy Accused of Watching Tennessee Inmates Shower

A sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly pointing a security camera at women while they showered.


Corrections Officer Joshua Woodard admitted to using jail security cameras to zoom in on two female inmates who were taking showers last Monday, said police.

It turned out Woodard was being watched, too; there was another set of security cameras in dispatch. When he inappropriately zoomed in on the women, he was arrested and later fired by Sumner County Sheriff Bob Barker.

“We’re not going to tolerate it,” Barker said.

Woodard, who has worked at the jail for two years, was charged with unlawful photography, which is a misdemeanor. He has not had any other major disciplinary problems.

April Creasy, one of the inmates Woodward allegedy video taped, is serving time for Tenncare fraud after becoming addicted to hydrocodone. Her mother said Creasy has turned her life around in jail and will hopefully be going home to her three sons in October.

“She sees the light now,” said Anna Lawhorn, her mother.

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Former jail guard charged with sex with inmate

Former jail guard charged with sex with inmate

FLORENCE, SC (AP) – A former jail guard in South Carolina has been arrested and accused of having sex with an inmate. The Morning News of Florence reported that former Florence County jail guard Francisco Morgan of Coward was arrested Monday.

A State Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant states that the 38-year-old Morgan had sex with a prisoner. Morgan is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and malfeasance and two counts of aggravated assault and battery.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Munn says Morgan resigned in May following complaints of misconduct.

SLED agents allege that sometime between Feb. 7 and May 26, Morgan made sexual comments and physical contact with an inmate under his supervision at the Effingham jail.

It was unclear if Morgan had an attorney.


Former corrections officer sentenced to nine months in jail

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN — A former Prairie du Chien corrections officer accused of being sexually involved with prisoners will spend nine months in jail for sending an inmate greeting cards and a postal money order.

James Trentin, 60, was sentenced Friday in Crawford County Circuit Court for delivering articles to an inmate and three counts of felony bail jumping, said Vernon County District Attorney Timothy Gaskell, who was special prosecutor in the case. Grant County Circuit Judge Robert Van De Hey presided at the sentencing.
Trentin faced charges in March 2008 after being accused of bribing prisoners for sexual favors. He entered an Alford plea — which maintains innocence but admits evidence is sufficient to be found guilty — to three counts, with all other charges dropped.

He was under court order not to have contact with prisoners when he sent the cards and money order in June 2008, Gaskell said.

A Grant County jury convicted Trentin on the new charges six weeks ago, Gaskell said, even though he continued to maintain his innocence.

“I was glad, at the sentencing, that the judge said there was overwhelming evidence against him,” Gaskell said.

Handwriting and fingerprint experts testified Trentin had sent the items, Gaskell said.


Green Hill School prison guard arrested in drug raid

A guard at the Green Hill School, a state prison for juveniles in Chehalis, has been arrested in a drug raid.

Centralia police said Roy D. Clark, 26, was caught in a Thursday night raid with three others at his home as they were weighing and repackaging marijuana. Detective Chris Fitzgerald said Clark was jailed for investigation of possessing the drug with intent to deliver. Police are checking with authorities at Green Hill School to see if Clark also is suspected of bringing drugs into the prison.

Three others arrested with Clark also face felony drug charges.


Prison officer charged with supplying porn to inmates

Melbourne, July 12 (ANI): A prison officer, who allegedly supplied pornography to inmates at a prison farm near Beaudesert, Australia, is under investigation.

The police and Queensland Corrective Services raided the Palen Creek Correctional Centre to find two portable memory sticks that allegedly contained pornographic images, in the prison officer’s locker, the Courier Mail reports.

The officer has been accused of passing on the memory sticks to inmates to upload porn on to their computers.

However, it is yet to be confirmed if the material includes child porn.

The man is charged with bringing in prohibited items to the restricted zone and needs to appear in the Beaudesert Magistrates Court on August 5.

Meanwhile, prison sources at the jail revealed that the officer has resigned after being issued a show cause notice.

Also Queensland Corrective Services have seized a number of computer hard drives belonging to both staff and prisoners for forensic test.


Tangipahoa deputy arrested for delivering crack cocaine to inmates

NEW ORLEANS – A Tangipahoa Parish deputy is behind bars after he was arrested by the Drug Enforcement Administration for intent to distribute crack cocaine.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said Kevin Whittington, 44, allegedly was providing drugs to inmates at the Tangipahoa Parish Jail.

Federal agents arrested him after a confidential source with the DEA gave 24 grams of crack cocaine to Whittington, who then allegedly agreed to bring the crack to an inmate at the jail, Letten said.

Whittington faces a maximum of 40 years in jail and a fine of $2 million if convicted.

Letten said the DEA is still investigating the case.


Ex-officer sentenced for scalding inmate

A former Florida State Prison corrections officer, convicted earlier this year of throwing scalding water on an inmate, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in a federal court in Jacksonville, the U.S. Department of Justice reported.

Paul Tillis, 44, had been convicted in January on a federal civil rights charge related to assaulting an inmate, according to the federal agency. His prison sentence will be followed by two years of post-release supervision.

Tillis had been accused of pouring the hot water, which was between 159 and 180 degrees, on inmate Jerry Williams’ chest, causing second-degree burns, prosecutors said. The incident occurred in August 2005. At the time, Williams was fabricating a suicide attempt so he could be transferred to a psychological treatment facility, according to the DOJ. Continue reading