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.

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http://www.wibw.com/localnews/headlines/84041792.html

Former Prison Worker Admits Taking Bribe

Man Admits He Smuggled Marijuana, Jewelry To Inmate
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A former worker at Leavenworth Penitentiary pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe from an inmate.

Jacob Roscoe, 34, of Leavenworth, Kan., a former recreation specialist at the prison, has pleaded guilty to one count of accepting a bribe, Acting U.S. Attorney Marietta Parker said in a news release Tuesday.

Roscoe admitted in his plea that he smuggled marijuana and jewelry to the inmate for $1,400.

Roscoe will be sentenced on April 27. He could spend up to 15 years in federal prison and be charged a fine up to $250,000
source: http://www.kctv5.com/news/18574317/detail.html

Maintenance Supervisor Charged With Rape Sentenced to Over 3 Years in Prison

A maintenance supervisor charged with raping and impregnating a prison inmate is sentenced to 3 and a half years for the crime.

Anastacio Gallardo pleaded guilty in June to unlawful sexual relations and two counts of trafficking contraband in a correctional facility, in exchange, a count of rape was dismissed.

Gallardo was the victim’s vo-tech plumbing instructor at the women’s correctional facility east of Topeka.?:

source: http://www.wibw.com/home/headlines/26265974.html

Sedg. Co. Jail Deputy Charged With Battery on inmate.

 

Manual Diaz, Jr.
Manual Diaz, Jr.
Edgar Richards
Edgar Richards

 

The District Attorney charges a Sedgwick County Jail Deputy Wednesday, accused of beating a jail inmate so badly he has to go through rehab.

Manual Diaz Jr. is charged aggravated battery.  When the incident happened back in February, sheriff’s deputies said Diaz was trying to give the inmate his medication when things got out of control.

Diaz is accused of hurting 34 year old Edgar Richard, who spent weeks in the hospital with a broken jaw and a skull fracture.

We spoke with Richard’s family 5 months ago. They say Richard suffers from mental illness.  But they also told us they want the man they believe put Edgar on a breathing machine brought to justice.

“I’d like the officer or whoever done it to pay for what he done,” said Ronnie Richard.

Cynthia Richard continued, “I think he should be held accountable. He committed a crime. He went over and beyond his job. He ended up doing his job and at some point it went personal because it never stopped.”

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy Diaz is now on paid suspension. In the next two weeks, the Sheriff’s Office will decide whether to fire him with an employee status meeting.

Last month a judge agreed to release Richard to a nursing home.  His family says he has to relearn how to eat and needs rehab.

As for the deputy, he goes back to court for his preliminary hearing July 16th.

source: http://www.kwch.com/global/story.asp?s=8420414

Sheriff’s deputy accused of touching female inmates

A Saline County Jail corrections officer was fired and arrested Monday after he was accused of touching three female inmates.

Eric A. Taylor, 27, Bridgeport, had worked for the sheriff’s office for two years, but Sheriff Glen Kochanowski said he did not believe this had been a pattern of behavior.

 

 
 

“As far as we know, this was a one-time event,” he said. “It’s something that should never happen, but it happens.”

Kochanowski said the three inmates were housed together. Taylor allegedly touched them in a sexual way June 24. When the sheriff’s office received information about the allegations, an internal affairs investigation and a sheriff’s office criminal investigation were launched simultaneously.

Kochanowski said the information about what was alleged to have occurred did not come from the inmates, but he refused to identify the source of that information.

Although Kochanowski had not talked to the women involved, he said that, in general, inmates tend to fear retaliation if they share information that might reflect poorly on a corrections officer.

“When you’re incarcerated like that, you always fear bringing something forward that gets someone else in trouble,” he said. “Inmates are no different than anybody else. They’re just people. They may wonder, ‘What are they going to do to get even?’ ”

The internal affairs investigation, conducted by Lt. Alyssa LeClair, showed that Taylor had violated in-house policies and procedures in ways that were grounds for dismissal, Kochanowski said. Taylor was fired at 11:30 a.m. Monday.

The criminal investigation, conducted by Investigator Matt Fischer, concluded that there was probable cause to arrest Taylor on three felony charges of unlawful sexual relations by a law enforcement officer with an inmate over the age of 16, Kochanowski said.

Taylor was taken into custody at 4:40 p.m., when he drove to the jail and turned himself in. Taylor immediately posted bond and was released, Kochanowski said.

According to the Bureau of Justice National Inmate Survey for 2007, about 1.6 percent of inmates in county jails — 12,100, nationwide — reported inappropriate sexual contact with another inmate, and 2 percent — 15,200 — reported an incident involving sexual contact with a staff member.

source: http://www.salina.com/rdnews/story/deputy-touch-7-1

Former Kansas prison guard gets 5 years for helping inmates

WICHITA | A former prison guard romantically involved with one of the two inmates she helped escape was sentenced five years in prison on a federal firearms charge.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown sentenced Amber Lynn Goff on Wednesday following her guilty plea last April in which she described her role in the Oct. 28, 2007, escape of Steven Ford and Jesse Bell.

The 24-year-old Goff had a romantic relationship with Ford before helping him and Bell escape from the El Dorado Correctional Facility.

The three were arrested in Grants, N.M., early Oct. 31.

source: http://www.kansascity.com/news/breaking_news/story/659494.html

Lovestruck guard helped inmates escape

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — A former prison guard romantically involved with one of the two inmates she helped escape pleaded guilty Friday to a federal firearms charge, telling relatives she now realizes she was used.

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Prison guard Amber Lynn Goff, 24, was blinded by love when she helped two inmates escape.

“She also feels like one of the world’s greatest fools,” her mother, Laurie Ann Nutter, said. “She realizes now there wasn’t anything real in the relationship. She feels so extremely foolish, she is angry about it.”

Nutter spoke before Amber Lynn Goff, 24, pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in exchange for reduced charges and a recommendation by prosecutors for a five-year prison term and three years’ probation. She also agreed to pay $11,000 in restitution.

As part of the plea deal, three other federal firearms charges are to be dropped at sentencing. The state agreed not to prosecute Goff on additional charges.

A sentencing hearing is set for June.

Goff was indicted in November in the escape the previous month of Jesse Bell, 34, and Steven Ford, 27, from maximum-security exercise pens at El Dorado Correctional Facility. The three were arrested in Grants, New Mexico, a few days later.

In a written statement filed as part of the plea deal, Goff wrote that she received a cell phone call from Ford the evening of the escape. She said she used bolt cutters to cut through the padlock securing an outer gate and drove onto the grounds.

“I approached the outermost wire perimeter fence on foot and used bolt cutters to cut through this fence in order to assist Ford and Bell in their escape from the El Dorado Correctional facility,” Goff wrote.

Goff’s family said she had a romantic relationship with Ford before the escape.

source: http://www.cnn.com/2008/CRIME/04/04/escape.plot.ap/index.html?eref=ib_topstories

 

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Former guard pleads guilty to firearms charge in helping 2 Kansas inmates escape

WICHITA, Kan.: A former prison guard romantically involved with one of the two inmates she helped escape pleaded guilty Friday to a federal firearms charge, telling relatives she now realizes she was used.

“She also feels like one of the world’s greatest fools,” her mother, Laurie Ann Nutter, said. “She realizes now there wasn’t anything real in the relationship. She feels so extremely foolish, she is angry about it.”

Nutter spoke to The Associated Press before Amber Lynn Goff, 24, pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in exchange for reduced charges and a recommendation by prosecutors for a five-year prison term and three years’ probation. She also agreed to pay $11,000 in restitution.

As part of the plea deal, three other federal firearms charges are to be dropped at sentencing. The state agreed not to prosecute Goff on additional charges.

A sentencing hearing is set for June.

Goff was indicted in November in the escape the previous month of Jesse Bell, 34, and Steven Ford, 27, from maximum-security exercise pens at El Dorado Correctional Facility. The three were arrested in Grants, N.M., a few days later.

In a written statement filed as part of the plea deal, Goff wrote that she received a cell phone call from Ford the evening of the escape. She said she used bolt cutters to cut through the padlock securing an outer gate and drove onto the grounds.

“I approached the outermost wire perimeter fence on foot and used bolt cutters to cut through this fence in order to assist Ford and Bell in their escape from the El Dorado Correctional facility,” Goff wrote.

Goff’s family said she had a romantic relationship with Ford before the escape

source; http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/04/america/Escaped-Inmates.php