Ex corrections officer arrested for sexual contact with inmate

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police detectives arrested a former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility officer at his Portland home on two charges related to unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate.

They said 29-year-old Darcy Aaron MacKnight was arrested Tuesday morning on a Washington County warrant charging him with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct. MacKnight was a corrections officer at the facility from August 2006 until he resigned in January 2008.

In December 2008, state police detectives began investigating allegations he had unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate in a control room at the facility.

source: http://www.kgw.com/news-local/stories/kgw_051909_news_corrections_officer_arrested.1b7ad2bc.html

Ex-Prison Guard Accused Of Sex With Inmate

PORTLAND, Ore. — Oregon State Police detectives arrested a former Coffee Creek Correctional Facility officer at his Portland home on two charges related to unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate.

   They said 29-year-old Darcy Aaron MacKnight was arrested Tuesday morning on a Washington County warrant charging him with custodial sexual misconduct and official misconduct.

 MacKnight was a corrections officer at the facility in Wilsonville from August 2006 until he resigned in January 2008.

 In December 2008, state police detectives began investigating allegations he had unlawful sexual contact with a female inmate in a control room at the facility

MacKnight was taken into custody at 8 a.m. Tuesday at his southeast Portland home. He was taken to the Multnomah County Jail, pending transfer to the Washington County Jail.

source: http://www.kptv.com/news/19504359/detail.html

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

source: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

source: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

SOURCE: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

source  http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Corrections worker accused of romance with an inmate

A 57-year-old woman who had worked as an education coordinator for the state Department of Corrections pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of first-degree official misconduct following an investigation into her alleged relationship with an inmate.

Sharon Lee Simovic was arrested on a warrant Friday and arraigned in Multnomah County Circuit Court on Monday.

Findings of an investigation allege that Simovic, who had worked under contract with the state at the Columbia River Correctional Institution, became involved with an inmate, Joshua Dennison, 32, who had served as her clerk in the prison. Simovic helped inmates put together a course plan towards obtaining their high school graduate equivalency diplomas.

Investigators said they found love letters Simovic wrote to Dennison. An indictment accuses Simovic of using her official position from Jan. 1, 2007, through Oct. 19, 2007, to obtain a benefit: “The love and affection” of Dennison. Simovic no longer works for the state.

A trial is scheduled for Sept. 23.

SOURCE: http://blog.oregonlive.com/breakingnews/2008/08/corrections_worker_accused_of.html

Corrections Counselor Arrested By Deputies

PORTLAND, Ore. — Multnomah County deputies arrested a counselor with the county’s corrections office Tuesday.

 

Authorities booked Dennis Allen, 57, into jail on charges of coercion, custodial sexual misconduct, official misconduct and supplying contraband.

 

Allen, a 19-year employee of the sheriff’s office, has been placed on administrative leave while the case moves forward.

 

According to court documents Allen inappropriately touched a female inmate

His arrest came from an investigation by detectives from Multnomah County and the Gresham Police Department. Deputies said their investigation lasted several weeks.

 

Since his arrest, Allen has been transferred to the Washington County Jail for safety reasons.

 

Allen was released on his own recognizance.

 

The identity of the victim in the case is unknown.

source: http://www.kptv.com/news/16835577/detail.html?rss=ptl1&psp=news

Ex-Oregon youth prison warden indicted

LA GRANDE, Ore. (AP) – An indictment unsealed this week accuses the former superintendent of a youth detention center near La Grande of stealing state property and tampering with witnesses.

Darrin Humphreys of Bend was arraigned Thursday on more than two dozen counts of theft, official misconduct and other charges. The most serious of the charges are seven counts of first-degree theft.

Humphreys resigned as superintendent of the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility in Woodburn last June, shortly after the Oregon State Police started investigating his activities while running RiverBend, a 50-bed detention center in Eastern Oregon.

Humphreys did not enter a plea, and he was neither held in custody nor required to post bail. His attorney declined to comment.

source: http://www.koin.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=e762cf74-da01-40dd-8de0-cf2276a5560e&rss=1103

Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy won’t be prosecuted for online boasts

MULTNOMAH COUNTY, OREGON – The Multnomah County sheriff’s deputy who bragged online about beating a jail inmate without provocation will not face criminal charges, the district attorney’s office decided this week.

Don Rees, a Multnomah County senior deputy district attorney, dismissed Deputy David B. Thompson’s statements as nothing other than “puffing or boasting” in an Internet chat room.

The decision, issued in a decline-to-prosecute memo, clears the way for an internal affairs investigation into Thompson’s conduct, including spending untold work hours chatting and playing on the Internet.

Thompson’s case — and the question of how a jail deputy could spend so much time online without interfering with his work or coming to the attention of his colleagues — prompted the sheriff’s office to install new Internet filtering software to monitor and limit the Web sites employees can visit. Managers can request detailed reporting of which sites an employee is visiting and for how long, but the idea is to keep employees from misusing the Internet in the first place.

“It’s a more proactive way of doing it,” said Christine Kirk, chief of staff for Sheriff Bernie Giusto.

The software has already been used to alert managers to excessive Internet use by a few employees, Kirk said.

The controversy began last September when the Portland Tribune reported that Thompson wrote on the Internet that he “crushed a dude’s eye socket from repeatedly punching him in it, then I charged him with menacing and harassment (of me). He took a plea to get away from me. He shoulda picked somebody else to try to fight.”

The comment was one of many controversial statements Thompson posted on an Internet gambling site he accessed on his work computer more than 1,700 times in the eight months prior to the discovery.

Thompson confirmed to investigators the comment was a reference to a 2005 incident in which Thompson repeatedly hit jail inmate David M. Baker in the head and face, one of 40 use-of-force incidents Thompson reported since 2002. Thompson told investigators Baker initiated the attack, an account supported by witnesses, according to the district attorney’s memo dropping the case.

Baker, who had a history of assaults, protested at the time that he was attacked without provocation but still pleaded no contest to attempted assault of a public safety officer. Interviewed again, Baker repeated his claim that Thompson initiated the attack but declined to take a polygraph examination, according to the memo.

The sheriff’s office internal investigation unit will now look into whether Thompson’s conduct violated restrictions on computer use as well as general conduct standards by bringing discredit on the sheriff’s office, said Chief Deputy Ron Bishop, who oversees the jails.

The ultimate decision on any punishment will rest with county Chairman Ted Wheeler, who now has the final say on discipline matters under a new power-sharing agreement. Giusto relinquished authority for employee discipline after a well-documented pattern of leniency toward employee wrongdoing.

According to the district attorney’s memo, Thompson has refused to discuss his computer use with prosecutors, citing the advice of his attorney. He is still working in the downtown jail’s classification unit.

source: http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/120719311657960.xml&coll=7

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