Two Fired After Alleged Inmate Assault

WOODBINE, GA — Two Camden County jail guards have been fired for not adequately supervising a male inmate who is accused of sexually assaulting a female inmate.

An internal investigation found that Hope Roberts and Melissa Harris were assigned to supervise an area where inmate Devin Berryhill was mopping a floor. During that time, sheriff Tommy Gregory says Beryhill sexually assaulted a female inmate.

At the time the female inmate was restrained to a chair and Gregory says Beryhill inappropriately touched the woman twice.

Beryhill is charged with two counts of misdemeanor sexual assault. He had been in jail for a probation violation from previous shoplifting charges.

The case is now being handled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.


Deputy pleads guilty in jailhouse food tampering

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former Ohio deputy accused of feeding an inmate a bologna sandwich that been rubbed against another inmate’s genitals has pleaded guilty to two health code violations. In a Columbus courtroom on Wednesday, 38-year-old Joseph Cantwell also apologized for the shame and embarrassment that he said he had caused.

 A judge fined him $500 plus court costs, and Cantwell also received a 90-day suspended jail sentence and five years’ probation.

 Cantwell’s attorney called the February incident at the Franklin County Jail a “prank.” It led Sheriff Jim Karnes to fire Cantwell and his partner in May. The other deputy was not charged with a crime.

 The inmates who were involved have filed lawsuits against the county.


Prison guard faces drug charges

A QUEENSLAND corrective services officer is to appear in court charged with drug possession.

A small quantity of cannabis and a drug implement was allegedly found in his car parked at the Borallon Correctional Centre on the outskirts of Ipswich earlier today.

The officer has been suspended without pay and has been issued with a notice to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on September 24


Arrested jailer denies pit bulls were used for fights

A corrections deputy accused of dog fighting and animal abuse denied on Friday that he fights the 14 pit bulls taken from his Whitehaven home.

Jamario Taylor, 30, and Franchesca Morgan, 36, were arrested Thursday when Memphis police officers investigated a complaint at 5254 Whitworth and found the dogs either in the house or chained in the back yard.

Taylor and Morgan were charged with a dozen counts of cruelty to animals, 14 counts of keeping an unvaccinated dog and one count of animal fighting. Continue reading


At approximately 2:55 p.m. deputies responded to a Marion County Sheriff’s corrections officer’s residence in reference to a domestic battery. CO Anthony Votta reported that he had battered his wife who is four months pregnant. The incident allegedly began over a verbal altercation. The victim did not require medical attention.

Votta has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since 06-30-03. He will be placed on unpaid leave pending an internal investigation.


Five Cumberland County corrections officers indicted for allegedly assaulting jail inmate

BRIDGETON — Five Cumberland County corrections officers were indicted this week for aggravated assault, official misconduct and related offenses for allegedly assaulting an inmate at the county jail last year.

John Fazzolari, Drew Ford, Joshua Minguela, Kevin Still and Kevin Pratts were indicted Wednesday for second-degree aggravated assault, three counts of second-degree official misconduct, fourth-degree falsifying records, fourth-degree obstructing administration of law or other governmental function and second-degree conspiracy to commit aggravated assault and related offenses.

The indictment refers to an alleged assault on Michael Ewing, an inmate at Cumberland County Jail, on June 30, 2008. Continue reading

Jail worker resigns — before he’s fired

An Osceola County Jail worker taken hostage at gunpoint during an escape attempt last June resigned recently rather than be fired.

Corrections Officer Gerson Roche said he quit after supervisors singled him out for endangering the lives of co-workers in a chronically understaffed jail.

Although the 15-year officer admitted he failed to follow safety rules, the county has not disclosed anything about the jail’s security failures. Officials have declined to discuss how a loaded pistol and two cell phones were smuggled inside the walls for the attempted escape June 22. Continue reading

N.J. corrections officer pleads guilty to smuggling drugs to inmate

TRENTON — A corrections officer pleaded guilty today to smuggling cocaine and a syringe to an inmate in Southern State Correctional Facility.

Roy Solomon, 33, of Lower Township in Cape May County admitted to official misconduct, which could land him in prison for five years.

Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 13.

Neither the Department of Corrections nor the Division of Criminal Justice would identify the inmate Solomon smuggled the contraband for last year.

Peter Aseltine, spokesman for the state Attorney General’s Office, said the inmate has not been charged.

He would not comment on how the drugs or syringe were brought into the prison, saying the investigation is ongoing.

Solomon started working at Southern State in March 2001 and has been suspended without pay since April 2009.

The prison, which holds about 2,000 inmates in dormitory-style housing, is a medium-security prison located in Delmont in Cumberland County.

Corrections spokeswoman Danielle Hunter declined to comment on the investigation.

Last year the department fired 78 officers for infractions including possessing drugs and failing drug tests, as well as for simply not showing up to work, according to records and officials


Ohio Deputy Charged with Perjury in Inmate’s Death Probe

A Summit County sheriff’s deputy is charged with felony perjury in connection with the case surrounding an inmate’s death.

A hearing held Wednesday found probable cause to charge 26-year-old Joshua Griffin, of Rootstown, with five counts of perjury and one misdemeanor count of falsification.

The charges relate to testimony Griffin gave in the investigation of Mark McCullaugh’s death.

McCullaugh was an inmate of the Summit County Jail when he died.

Griffin surrendered to authorities and was released on a $5,000 bond.

He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave by Sheriff Drew Alexander