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 employee sentenced to prison for having sex with inmate

A former prison secretary has been sentenced to six months in federal prison for having sex with an inmate she was supposed to be supervising, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Colorado said Friday.

Janine Sligar, 47, of Wray, Colorado, was sentenced Thursday for sexual abuse of a ward. After serving her sentence, she will serve five years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender, spokesman Jeff Dorschner said in a news release. Continue reading

Janine Sligar Found Guilty Of Sexually Abusing A Prison Inmate

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Janine Sligar, a 47 year old former prison secretary, was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday for having maintained a sexual relationship with an inmate under her supervision. Continue reading

Elkhart County corrections officer accused of stealing money

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ELKHART CO. — A corrections officer in Elkhart County has been fired and is now the target of a criminal investigation.

Authorities aren’t naming the employee who’s accused of stealing almost $10,000 from the sheriff’s department over several months.

Detectives say the employee has cooperated with investigators.

The case will be forwarded to the prosecutor’s office to determine if charges should be filed.


Prison Worker Charged With Smuggling Contraband

DENVER (CBS4) ― A former religious service counselor at a Florence prison was charged Monday with providing contraband, cigarettes and heroin, to an inmate.

John E. Thacker, 42, of Pueblo, who worked at the high-security U.S. Penitentiary, was charged in U.S. District Court.

An investigator said the inmate told him the inmate sold the cigarettes to other inmates for $200 a pack and they resold the packs for about $500 each.

Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco are prohibited in federal prisons and considered substances that threaten “the order and discipline” of prisons, the investigator, Paul Sullivan, wrote in a court affidavit.

The investigator said Thacker “indicated he brought (the inmate) approximately 20 cartons of cigarettes on 4 or 5 occasions in 2006.”

Sullivan said another inmate and the inmate’s wife told the investigator that the wife gave Thacker $1,500 to smuggle in contraband, including a small quantity of heroin hidden inside cigarette cartons.

The investigator said Thacker stated he had been offered money, but denied he received any money and denied knowing that heroin was in the cartons. He resigned his job with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

D.A. Files Charges Against Denver Deputy, Officer

The Denver district attorney filled charges against a Denver sheriff’s deputy and a police officer Monday.

The sheriff’s deputy is being charged with assault for allegedly assaulting an arrestee while being processed at the Denver City Jail, said D.A. Mitch Morrissey.The alleged assault happened in May.

Morrissey said the deputy, identified as Daniel Steckman, 34, is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 7.


Deputy pleads guilty to sex with inmate

STERLING, Colo. (Map, News) – A former sheriff’s deputy faces up to 60 days in jail after she plead guilty to having sexual contact with an inmate.

Detention deputy Lori Strohmeyer entered the plea in Logan County this week. The 28-year-old was fired in January after taped phone conversations with the inmate surfaced. Their relationship is alleged to have happened in the fall of 2007.

Strohmeyer will have to register as a sex offender. She will be sentenced Sept. 9.

The inmate, now serving his sentence in a community corrections program, asked a judge Tuesday to lift a restraining order and allow him to see the former deputy.