Jailer pleads not guilty to raping inmate

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) – A Mineral County detention officer accused of raping a jail inmate has pleaded not guilty.

Fifty-2-year-old Clyde Lee Dill is charged with one count of sexual intercourse without consent and one count of attempted sexual intercourse without consent — both felonies. He entered his pleas Monday.

Prosecutors say Dill had sexual contact with the inmate between August 27th and November 14th of last year. He was working the night shift at the jail.

Dill also is accused of depositing small amounts of money into the woman’s jail bank account after the alleged intercourse took place.

source: http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/global/story.asp?s=9670261

Prison investigates sexual allegations

HELENA – Four employees at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge are on paid suspension while the state Department of Corrections investigates an inmate’s allegations that prison staff subjected him to sexual misconduct, a spokesman for the department said Saturday.

A fifth worker who also was suspended with pay has ceased employment with the department and is off the payroll, spokesman Bob Anez said.

Inmate Michael A. Murphy, a former Kalispell resident serving a 25-year sentence, recently sent some Montana newspapers a letter reporting several of the suspensions and stating that a female mental-health worker had sex with him more than 30 times, beginning in September 2007. Murphy said two female corrections officers also engaged him in sexual activity.

Under state and federal laws, an inmate is unable to consent to sex.

Anez said the investigation involves the three people accused in the letter and two about whom Murphy did not write when communicating with the newspapers.

The suspensions were imposed about seven weeks ago, Anez said. If the investigation finds personnel violations of prison policy, consequences could range from written reprimands to termination.

Anez said the administrative investigation, which may be complete by Nov. 21, began immediately after Powell County Attorney Lewis Smith concluded in late October that there was insufficient evidence to support criminal charges.

“The department takes these types of allegations very seriously,” Anez said. “It has zero tolerance when it comes to inappropriate behavior of department employees.”

Standard procedure was followed in placing the employees on paid leave, he said.

Murphy, 35, has a record that includes convictions for forgery, felony theft and criminal endangerment.

His most recent arrest came after he led law enforcement officers on two high-speed car chases in 2006 after probation authorities went to his Kalispell house to conduct a search and he fled in a sport utility vehicle. Officers pursued Murphy through Kalispell and west of there, but dropped the pursuit because of high speed and heavy traffic.

When a Montana Highway Patrol trooper spotted Murphy, he was chased again. In that pursuit, an officer rolled his patrol car and received minor injuries. Murphy fled on foot near Lone Pine State Park and was apprehended the following night in a Kalispell city park.

A state judge sentenced Murphy to 20 years on a charge for which he originally received a suspended sentence, and imposed an additional five years for felony endangerment.
source: http://www.billingsgazette.net/articles/2008/11/09/news/state/27-prison.txt

Jail officer charged with mistreating prisoners

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – A Cascade County detention officer has been charged with two felony counts of mistreating prisoners.

Officer Jason Carroll was arrested Friday and placed on administrative leave. He appeared in Justice Court Monday and remained free after posting $10,000 bail.

One complaint alleges that on Sept. 7, Carroll refused to allow an inmate to administer his own blood glucose test and subsequently injured the inmate with a lancet.

The second complaint alleges Carroll used a stun gun on an inmate without provocation on Oct. 1.

The inmates filed complaints and the charges were filed after an internal investigation.

source: http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/global/story.asp?s=9209451

County jailer accused of having sex with girl, 15

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) – An 18-year-old Cascade County jailer has been charged with sexual intercourse without consent after a 15-year-old girl told police he had sexual contact with her.

Zachary Henrie appeared in court yesterday. Court documents say the girl told police Tuesday that Henrie took her from her house Sunday night and had sexual contact with her at another location in Great Falls

Under state law, anyone under the age of 16 cannot give legal consent to sexual activity.

Sheriff David Castle confirmed yesterday that Henrie was a jailer with the Cascade County Sheriff’s Office.

source: http://www.montanasnewsstation.com/global/story.asp?s=8726961

Jail guards admit to battering teen

CHEYENNE – Three Sweetwater County jail guards pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery Wednesday for their roles in roughly booking a 16-year-old boy who hit his head when two of the officers slammed him on the floor.

The officers – Cpl. Elizabeth Lopez, Cpl. Matt Weber and deputy Leeland Reese – entered their pleas before Sweetwater County Magistrate Marv Tyler, who fined them $330 each.

Sweetwater County Sheriff Rich Haskell said in a release that the three officers were disciplined after an internal investigation. All three have returned to work, although one has since provided notice of resignation.

Sheriff’s officials wouldn’t disclose how the officers were disciplined or which of the three has resigned, saying those are confidential personnel issues. However, the special prosecutor in the case, Carbon County deputy attorney Cal Rerucha, said in court that the three received “prompt, appropriate and ongoing” discipline, according to the sheriff’s release.

Rerucha’s office referred questions to the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s office, which declined to comment on the case beyond the sheriff’s release.

The affidavit in the case, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, said that photos taken of the boy after he was booked at the jail on Nov. 19 showed strangulation marks on his neck, abrasions on his back and a left eye that was nearly swollen shut.

Weber had held the boy around the throat and Reese pinned the boy against a wall, then both men forced the boy to the floor of the booking room, according to the affidavit.

“His head caught the impact of the force as it hit the floor,” the affidavit said.

After that, the three officers picked up the boy and threw him face-down on a cell cot.

The boy and his 15-year-old girlfriend were booked after a van ride from juvenile court in Green River. Problems began when the boy and girl began talking, and Lopez told them to be quiet because Judge Nena James had ordered them not to have contact with one another.

The youths became upset with Lopez, leading to an increasingly turbulent exchange in which Lopez, after the van arrived inside the jail, called the boy a vulgar name and he responded with a vulgar name for her.

A deputy told investigators that Lopez became “fuming hot” and cursed the two youths “like you can’t imagine.”

The boy and girl were wearing leg chains and handcuffs fastened to waist restraints, and they didn’t physically resist. The two “couldn’t have fought if they wanted to, even passively,” the deputy told the Uinta County Sheriff’s officials who investigated the case at Haskell’s request.

Linda Burt, executive director of the ACLU in Wyoming, said she was concerned that the corrections officers didn’t face a more serious charge than misdemeanor battery. Burt also questioned whether the officers had received special training to handle juveniles.

“That’s a huge problem in Wyoming, that we don’t have many officers who are trained to deal with juveniles,” Burt said. “Clearly this wasn’t an appropriate response for either a juvenile or adult.”
source: http://billingsgazette.net/info/?h/contact/

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