5 Fla. prison guards fired after abuse allegations

Five corrections officers at Florida State Prison were fired Wednesday and another resigned after allegations they beat an inmate last week.

The inmate, whose name was not released, required treatment at a hospital, but did not suffer life-threatening injuries, said Gretl Plessinger, a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections.

“I want to be crystal clear about this. I will never tolerate inmate abuse. I will take swift, decisive action anytime it exists,” Florida Corrections Secretary Walter McNeil said.

Another five Florida State Prison guards remain on administrative leave during the investigation. Not all the five are considered suspects, Plessinger said.

Fired Wednesday were Lt. William Hinson, Sgt. Anthony Reed, Sgt. Richard Kross, Sgt. James Coleman and Correctional Officer Raymond Williams. Correctional Officer Charles Reames resigned.

McNeil said the department will turn over the results of its investigation to the State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville for possible criminal prosecution.

Another four officers are on administrative leave from nearby Union Correctional Institution for an unrelated beating, Plessinger said.

Almost 10 years ago on July 17, 1999, death row inmate Frank Valdes was beaten to death at Florida State Prison. He has fractures to his sternum, vertebrae, nose and jaw, along with numerous internal injuries. There were boot prints on his face, neck, abdomen and back.

Prosecutors contended Valdes was beaten by officers to keep him quiet about inmate abuse.

Trials of four guards for Valdes’ death ended in acquittals, prompting the dropping of charges against several other officers.

source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/florida/AP/story/1000839.html

Guards accused of beating inmates

The Florida Department of Corrections has placed 15 correctional officers on administrative leave while it investigates allegations of inmate abuse at Florida State Prison and Union Correctional Institution.

In the incident at FSP, officers are accused of beating inmates during a time period when they apparently thought that the prison’s surveillance cameras had been disengaged and thus their actions were not being videotaped. Continue reading

Jailer charged with assault on inmate

A Gregg County jailer has been accused of assaulting an inmate.

Paul Lynn Smith, 36, has been charged with Official Oppression. Gregg County Judge Alfonso Charles arraigned Smith and set his bond at $2,500. Smith has already posted that amount.

Decorian Maurice Allen, 22, of Longview was allegedly assaulted by Smith on Sunday night, March 29th.

In the official docket complaint Allen states that while being moved from one part of the jail to another Smith was “striking him in the face with a closed fist.” According to court documents, on Monday, March 30th, Lt. Mike Claxton interviewed Allen about the encounter and saw that Allen had “visible signs of swelling over his right eye.” According to the arrest affidavit some inmates witnessed the event.

As of today, April 1st, authorities say Smith no longer works for the Gregg County sheriff’s department.

source: http://www.kltv.com/global/story.asp?s=10111049

Former Corrections Officer Arrested for Huffing Related Crash

On Saturday, a 32 year-old former state corrections officer was arrested after an inhalant related hit-and-run crash.

Police officers responded to a report of a “man asleep at the wheel.” When officers arrived they saw that it was the “same truck that had been involved minutes before in an accident.”

The report notes that the driver seemed “out of it, like he didn’t know what was going on.” Inside the car they found three cans of computer dust cleaner. He was placed in jail overnight and released on $500 bond.

source: http://inhalant-info.blogspot.com/2009/03/former-corrections-officer-arrested-for.html

Deputy Fired For Slapping Inmate In Handcuffs

A Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired for slapping a teenage inmate in handcuffs and then lying about it to investigators.

 

Deputy Gregoire Morency had worked at the sheriff’s office since November 2007. According to investigators, Morency slapped the inmate in the face while transporting him in the county jail.

 

Sheriff’s investigators say Morency lied about telling his sergeant about his use of force. Officials say he was also neglectful of his duties and used excessive force and profanity.

Another deputy was suspended for five days because he witnessed the incident but did not report the battery to supervisors or medical staff.

 

The 17-year-old is now serving five years in another facility on burglary and robbery charges.

source: http://www.nbc6.net/news/18619100/detail.html

Lee County correctional officer arrested for burglary

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Authorities say a Lee County correctional officer who was found at car dealership with burglary tools has been arrested.

William J. Edwards is facing charges of burglary of a structure, possession of burglary tools with intent to use and petty theft.

According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, officers from the Fort Myers Police Department found Edwards and another man at the dealership early Sunday morning. The other man, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested on the same charges as Edwards.

Edwards has been placed on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office, where he has worked since Oct. 23, 2007.

source: http://www.gainesville.com/article/20090126/NEWS/901260986/0/APN?Title=Lee_County_correctional_officer_arrested_for_burglary

Lee Co. Corrections Officer Arrested

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a Lee County correctional officer who was found at car dealership with burglary tools has been arrested.

William J. Edwards is facing charges of burglary of a structure, possession of burglary tools with intent to use and petty theft.
According to a news release from the sheriff’s office, officers from the Fort Myers Police Department found Edwards and another man at the dealership early Sunday morning. The other man, whose name wasn’t released, was arrested on the same charges as Edwards.

Edwards has been placed on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office, where he has worked since Oct. 23, 2007.

source: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/florida/news-article.aspx?storyid=129654&provider=rss

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