Jail deputy facing inmate sex charges

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Kern County sheriff is vowing to
change jail policies after a second deputy was accused of having sexual contact with inmates.

Detention deputy Anthony Lavis was arrested Thursday on suspicion of inappropriately touching female inmates while working at Lerdo Jail.

Inmates reported that the 55-year-old Lavis also had them expose themselves in exchange for food and money and used the sheriff’s database to look up contact information for an inmate after she left jail.

Lavis’ arrest comes just a month after another jail deputy, Margarita Young, was charged with having sex multiple times with an inmate. Young has pleaded not guilty.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced at a news conference Thursday that he will station deputies at key parts of the jail and require supervisors to patrol the facilities and sign log records more.



Fla. corrections employees arrested in drug sting

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A lengthy FBI sting has exposed a ring of cocaine and contraband smuggling that was protected by corrupt guards and even a drug counselor in two Florida prisons, state and federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The investigation began two years ago when undercover FBI agents acting on a tip approached the officers for help trafficking drugs. In exchange for cash, the officers agreed to use their positions to protect, hide and facilitate cocaine shipments, according to a grand jury indictment against 16 of the 22 arrested.

An FBI SWAT team carried out the arrests simultaneously Thursday at the Glades facility and nearby South Bay jail. At least 18 are former corrections officers, according to state and federal officials. All have been fired.

“We cannot allow those involved in the administration of justice at any level to misuse their positions to line their own pockets,” said Jeffrey Sloman U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Southern District.

The 16 in federal court are charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute and attempting to possess cocaine. The State Attorney’s Office in Palm Beach County is pursuing charges of bribery and conspiracy to introduce contraband into prisons against the remaining six.

The indictment from “Operation Blind Justice” alleges that on at least nine occasions, the defendants transported what they believed to be multiple kilos of cocaine from Miami to West Palm Beach. Prosecutors wouldn’t say exactly what was in the packages or what happened to them upon delivery.

In exchange, the guards collectively received $145,000, with individuals earning anywhere from $5,000 and $33,000 apiece, Sloman said.

It was just the most recent in a string of federal corruption arrests throughout South Florida, tangling up politicians ranging from the county commission to school board. John Gillies, special agent in charge of the local FBI branch, said fighting such abuses of power was their top criminal priority.

Drugs are a particular scourge in Florida prisons, Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil said, because they inspire aggression against guards and other inmates.

“Our best defense against drugs in our institutions is the eyes and ears of our employees – the officers working in the institution,” McNeil said. “In this case the problem involved our staff, but I want you to know that in this case they were also the solution.”



Corrections officer from Indiana State Prison arrested

A correctional officer at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City has been arrested.

She’s accused of trafficking tobacco and marijuana with an inmate.Officer Barb Roseborough tried to sneak a package into the prison hidden in the lining of a bag.

She was caught and charged with felony possession of marijuana, and trafficking with an offender.

Roseborough is being held in the LaPorte County Jail. She’s worked at the prison since 2001.



2 Putnam corrections officers charged in fraud scheme

Two Putnam County corrections officers found themselves behind bars Thursday night after being charged in an insurance fraud scheme, a Sheriff’s Office news release said this morning.

Anthony Harris, 36, is charged with insurance fraud and obstruction of justice. He was booked into the jail on $1,500 bail. Timothy David Chisholm, 30, is charged with obstruction of justice. He was sent to jail on $500 bail.

The Sheriff’s Office said Chisholm reported finding that a Dodge truck belonging to Harris was missing from in front of Harris’ San Mateo home Jan. 24. The vehicle was reported stolen and found destroyed by fire in Marion County on Jan. 29.

Detectives found inconsistencies in stories told by the men. The investigation also found that Harris was behind on his truck payments and that the truck was destroyed by arson.

Harris and Chisholm “were actively involved in the intentional setting fire to Harris’ truck so Harris could fraudulently collect insurance payment,” the news release said.

Putnam Sheriff Jeff Hardy called having to arrest the two men a “sad day.”

“It’s very disheartening when two people you have entrusted with such responsibility are accused of such serious crimes,” Hardy said.

Both men have beenfired from the Sheriff’s Office, where they’d worked since 2005.

Harris’ wife Pamela Harris, a records supervisor with the department for 20 years, was fired Friday. She had not been arrested as of Friday evening, but police want the State Attorney’s Office to charge her with obstruction of justice and as an accessory to insurance fraud.



Retired corrections officer arrested after shooting 2 men in Queens bowling alley scuffle

A retired city correction officer working security at a Queens bowling alley was arrested Saturday after he shot two rowdy customers during a wild fight, police said.

Michael Iavecchio was charged with two counts of second-degree assault after the confrontation just outside the AMF Bowling Center in Woodside, police said.

Iavecchio, 54, ejected Gerard Hourigan and Justin Donaghy – both 29 – from the lanes at 1:45 a.m. after they refused to stop smoking cigarettes inside, police said.

Once he escorted them outside to 34th Ave., the two men turned and attacked him, the guard told investigators.

As he struggled with the men, Iavecchio broke free and pulled out his .380 Ruger and opened fire, cops said. He hit Hourigan in the chest and Donaghy in the stomach. Both men were taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center and were expected to survive, police said.

Iavecchio, a former captain with the Correction Department who had a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun, was arrested after hours of questioning, stunning his Rockaway Beach neighbors.

“He’s a wonderful person, he helps everybody,” said neighbor Roma Ciofalo, 77. “Everybody likes him.”

Hourigan and Donaghy were later charged with menacing, police said.

A longtime patron said violence was out of the ordinary at the “family-oriented” bowling alley.

“It’s a very safe place,” said Nancy Jimenez.



Former Corrections Worker Appeals Sex Offender Registry Requirement

Anastacio Gallardo is serving a three-and-a-half year prison term for having sex with an inmate, but is appealing part of his sentence that requires he be put on the sex offender registry.

Topeka (WIBW) – It will likely be several weeks before the Kansas Appeals Court rules whether a former corrections worker must register as a sex offender.

Anastacio Gallardo pleaded guilty in June 2008 to having sex with an inmate at Topeka Correctional, where he was a maintenance supervisor. The woman became pregnant as a result.Gallardo was given a suspended sentence of three and a half years in prison and placed on probation, but is appealing another part of his sentence that requires he be put on the sex offender registry.

Gallardo argued before the Kansas Court of Appeals this week that it’s not required because there’s no proof the actions were sexually motivated. The state, however, argues there is no apparant reason to engage in the acts other than for “sexual gratification.”

No firm decision is set for the Court to issue its decision, but a court spokesperson says rulings typically take four to six weeks.



Ex-deputy PM jailed for sex crimes

POLAND’S former deputy prime minister was today jailed for two years and three months after being found guilty of demanding sexual favors in exchange for job opportunities.

Lepper’s former aide, Stanislaw Lyzwinski, was also sentenced to five years in jail for rape and demanding sexual favors by the same court in the central Polish city of Piotrkow Trybunalski.

The populist Lepper served as deputy prime minister in 2006-2007 in a right wing-populist coalition government led by Law and Justice (PiS) chief Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of Poland’s current President Lech Kaczynski.

A high profile political sex scandal erupted in December 2006 when a then 33-year-old woman, Aneta Krawczyk, accused Lepper and Lyzwinski of demanding sexual favours in exchange for a job in Samoobrona, their populist political party.

The scandal rocked Polish politics and contributed to the plunge in popularity of the Kaczynski government and sparked the collapse of his coalition in the summer of 2007.

Lepper lost his seat in parliament in Poland’s autumn 2007 election.