4 officers indicted in 2006 alleged inmate beating

PEKIN, Ill. (AP) — A Tazewell County grand jury has indicted four sheriff’s department correction officers for allegedly beating an inmate in 2006.


Those charged include Sgt. Michael Harper and corrections officers Joel Brown, Eric Rasmussen and Schad Martin. All face counts of felony official misconduct. Brown also is charged with felony aggravated battery.


Twenty-three-year-old Charles L. Chandler of Washington says he suffered a broken jaw and several ribs during the beating on November 6, 2006. Chandler has filed a lawsuit against Tazewell County, Sheriff Bob Huston and four jailers, saying he was stripped naked and beaten.


Chandler is seeking a total of $5 million, an additional $100,000 from each of the four jailers, plus attorneys fees.

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Peoria Cty. Jail officer charged in inmate battery

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — A correctional officer has been charged with three felonies for allegedly slapping an inmate at the Peoria County Jail.

Michael Hulse was charged Friday with two counts of official misconduct and one count of aggravated battery. The 29-year-old was arrested on Wednesday at the jail.

Peoria County State’s Attorney Kevin Lyons says Hulse wasn’t acting in self-defense when he battered inmate David Pickett on Dec. 7.

Lyons says Pickett told jail officials about the abuse but it wasn’t reported to prosecutors. He says Lyons lied about the incident until he saw video of it.

Sheriff Mike McCoy says Hulse has received a suspension of 30 days from the jail where he has worked since 2002.

Hulse’s telephone number is unlisted.


Attorney accused of smuggling pot to inmate

A 60-year-old defense attorney had been smuggling marijuana and cigarettes into Cook County Jail as part of a scheme orchestrated by an inmate, authorities said.


Dave Compton was arrested Wednesday afternoon after Cook County Sheriff’s officers caught him making a transaction with the unnamed inmate’s girlfriend, Angela Bell, and an undercover officer outside a courtroom at 26th and California, according to prosecutors.

Dave Compton, 60, is facing drug charges that allege he has been smuggling marijuana and cigarettes into the Cook County Jail.
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Rock Island corr. officer charged with misconduct

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — Authorities say a veteran Rock Island County correctional officer has been charged with accepting money from an inmate who wanted it to appear a weekend jail sentence had been served.

The Rock Island County Sheriff’s Department says 36-year-old Omar Rubalcava of East Moline is charged with two felony counts of official misconduct.

Rock Island County State’s Attorney Jeff Terronez says Rubalcava allegedly accepted hundreds of dollars in September from an inmate who was supposed to serve a sentence on weekends. He then allegedly let the inmate go and made it appear the sentence was being served.

Rubalcava has been a Rock Island correctional officer since 1994. It’s not clear if he has an attorney, and his telephone number is unlisted.


Congressman’s son/ex-Aurora prison security chief sentenced for sex with inmates

An Illinois congressman’s son was taken to jail Wednesday after he admitted having sexual encounters with inmates while employed as a security chief for a state corrections facility in Aurora.

Jeffrey M. Rush, 42, of Lake Zurich pleaded guilty to three counts of official misconduct in a negotiated plea accepted by Kane County Judge Timothy Q. Sheldon. Under the agreement, Rush was sentenced to 180 days in the county jail and 30 months of probation.

“He abused his position of trust … for his own sexual gratification,” Kane County prosecutor Justin Fitzsimmons said. “This sentence reflects that that will not be tolerated.”

Rush, the son of longtime Chicago Congressman Bobby Rush, initially faced 47 counts of official misconduct, a Class 3 felony carrying a possible prison term of two to five years.

Two of the charges he pleaded guilty to Wednesday stemmed from 10 sexual rendezvouses with two female inmates from Aurora’s Fox Valley Transitional Center. Prosecutors said Rush abused his position as chief of security at the facility by arranging the consensual encounters at an Aurora motel and one inmate’s home between Feb. 1 and June 18, 2007.

Rush also had inappropriate contact with a third woman by twice offering her rides home, according to the Kane County state’s attorney’s office.

Public defender Brenda Willett, who represented Rush, declined to comment.

The transitional center, at 1329 N. Lake St., is run by the Illinois Department of Corrections. It provides “support and services for the female offender as she re-enters the community and workforce,” according to an IDOC Web site.

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Ex-Franklin County jailer gets 4 yrs for sex charges

BENTON_ A former Franklin County jail guard has been sentenced to four years in prison for sexual misconduct with three female inmates.

Scott McMurray of Christopher pleaded guilty in August to three counts of custodial sexual misconduct with female inmates in the Benton lockup. The 26-year-old was sentenced Friday.

Sheriff Bill Wilson has said the misconduct was carried out over two or three months before the first inmate came forward in June.

McMurray had been a correctional officer at the county jail since January 2007.

Officials say he’ll get credit for 78 days of time served in the Saline County Jail.

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Jail worker accused of pocketing $370,000

An Illinois jail employee is facing criminal charges for allegedly pocketing at least $370,000 she took from prisoners’ commissary accounts, officials said.

Cook County Jail supervisor Elizabeth Hudson, 61, was taken into police custody Thursday after police conducted a two-month probe into her alleged theft activities, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday.

Hudson is facing charges of theft of governmental property over $100,000, theft over $100,000 and official misconduct, the newspaper said.

She is accused of stealing cash handed over by incoming prisoners from September 2004 to June 2008, sheriff’s department spokesman Steve Patterson said.

Officials said Hudson balanced old inmates’ accounts with money handed over by new prisoners.

She was able to keep that balanced to the point where she got away with it for a long time, Patterson said, adding that Hudson was behind bars Friday at Cook County Jail on $50,000 bond.

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