Former jail guard charged with sex with inmate

Former jail guard charged with sex with inmate

FLORENCE, SC (AP) – A former jail guard in South Carolina has been arrested and accused of having sex with an inmate. The Morning News of Florence reported that former Florence County jail guard Francisco Morgan of Coward was arrested Monday.

A State Law Enforcement Division arrest warrant states that the 38-year-old Morgan had sex with a prisoner. Morgan is charged with two counts of misconduct in office and malfeasance and two counts of aggravated assault and battery.

Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Munn says Morgan resigned in May following complaints of misconduct.

SLED agents allege that sometime between Feb. 7 and May 26, Morgan made sexual comments and physical contact with an inmate under his supervision at the Effingham jail.

It was unclear if Morgan had an attorney.


Lieber prison guard arrested in drug sting

A Lieber Correctional Institution officer was arrested May 5 in Ladson, along with another man, after the pair allegedly sold cocaine to undercover Dorchester County sheriff’s deputies.

The officer, 28-year-old John Russell Lambert of Summerville, is charged with distribution of cocaine and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, sheriff’s Capt. James Nettles said.

His co-defendant, Samuel Henry Crowe II, 29, also of Summerville, faces the same cocaine charges as well as simple possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, Nettles said. Continue reading

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South Carolina Detention Officer Fired over Sexual Misconduct Charges

YORK – A York County detention officer has been fired after an investigation into an inmate’s allegation of sexual misconduct, according to the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Robert Cordell Martin, 59, of Smyrna was charged Tuesday with second-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate after an Oct. 19 incident.

Martin had been employed as a detention officer since 2004, the release notes. He was fired Tuesday by York County Sheriff Bruce Bryant, according to the release.

When The Herald tried to reach Martin on Wednesday, a family member deferred comments to Columbia attorney Jack Swerling.

“He is extremely upset about the allegations,” Swerling said of Martin. “I have spoken to Mr. Martin briefly about it, but he tells me in no uncertain terms that this did not happen. He intends to defend himself in court.”

Martin will meet with Swerling in the next few days, Swerling said.

A York County Sheriff’s Office report states a 41-year-old Charlotte woman was toucshed inappropriately between 6 p.m. and midnight Oct. 19 while incarcerated at Moss Justice Center.

The Herald does not identify sexual assault victims. The woman remained in custody Wednesday, according to the sheriff’s office Web site.

An arrest warrant states Martin had “sexual contact” with the inmate.

Several days after the alleged sexual misconduct, the inmate notified sheriff’s office personnel, the release states. Martin was suspended from duty, according to the release.

Because of the nature of the inmate’s complaint, Bryant asked the State Law Enforcement Division to investigate. The sheriff’s office and SLED did not provide any details about the woman’s complaint. SLED does not release information about ongoing investigations.

On Tuesday, SLED issued and served an arrest warrant against Martin. Martin was booked Tuesday afternoon and released a short time later on a $5,000 bond, authorities said.


Fairfield Co. jail employees resign in contraband investigation


FAIRFIELD COUNTY, SC (WIS) – Two Fairfield County jail employees have resigned, and authorities say it is because of an internal investigation.

Fairfield County Deputy Administrator Davis Anderson says officials are looking into allegations that employees brought contraband into the jail for inmates.

Also, some employees are accused of violating policies related to inmates.

Anderson wouldn’t be specific about which policies weren’t followed or what type of contraband was brought in.

He did say two jail employees have resigned since the investigation started.

Meanwhile, officials think more employees may be involved.

Anderson says the investigation could lead to some of them being fired.

We will bring you more details on this story as soon as they come to us.


Female jail officer is arrested, fired

A Florence County jail officer has been arrested and fired from her job after deputies said she had inappropriate communications with an inmate.

Roberta Mention, 51, was arrested Tuesday and charged with misconduct in office, the (Florence) Morning News reports.

Florence County Sheriff’s Lt. Brett Camp says authorities began investigating Mention after they believe she received written materials from an inmate at the jail in August and delivered them to someone outside the facility.


Former DOC officer: ER shooting could’ve been prevented

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A woman is on
life support after police say she grabbed a gun from a Department of
Corrections officer at Palmetto Health Richland and shot herself.

efforts to learn more about what happened inside the hospital did not
go to far. Both the hospital and the department of corrections are not
releasing many details.

WIS was able to talk to a former corrections department employee who said the shooting could have been prevented.

Police say a patient at Palmetto Health Richland grabbed a gun from a corrections officer, Tradena Raynor.

Before anyone could react, the patient shot herself in the head.

The sequence of events left the woman on life support and Craig Baxley in disbelief.

“It was a major breakdown, it should’ve never happened,” says Baxley.

Baxley is a former major with the Department of Corrections, now retired.

couldn’t believe it was a DOC officer at the hospital with an inmate
Tuesday who police say had the gun ripped right from her holster
moments before the shot was fired.

“If the training was there and the weapon was in the right holster, it would’ve never have happened,” says Baxley.

is not really offering any explanation at this point, other than saying
it’s meeting with hospital officials to review policy.

Whatever that policy is, Baxley says it isn’t what he remembers.

Doc tells WIS Officer Raynor did five weeks of basic training and is certified to carry a firearm and transport inmates.

spokesman Josh Gelinas told us Raynor was carrying a “Level I” holster,
as opposed to the newer, more secure “Level II” holsters.

it may not have changed this outcome, as a result of this incident we
are evaluating our use of Level I security holsters,” said Gelinas.
“Also today, Palmetto Health agreed to create a separate waiting area
for our inmates.”

“While no policy can protect against every possibility, we will continue to review our policies and procedures,” Gelinas said.

For the record, Craig Baxley is correctly suing State Prison Director Jon Ozmint on unrelated accusations.


Corrections officer charged in criminal sexual conduct case


Charles Deveaux, photo courtesy Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center
Charles Deveaux, photo courtesy Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – A 54-year-old man has been charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor, and authorities say the victim was under 11 years of age.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott announced Thursday the arrest of 54-year-old Charles Deveaux, a correction officer at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Sheriff Lott stated that the 10-year-old victim in this case reported on June 22nd to her mother that she was sexually assaulted by Deveaux.

Lott said the mother reported the assault to the sheriff’s department and investigators determined that the 10-year-old was assaulted by Deveaux.

Officials say Deveaux no longer works for Richland County.

Sheriff Lott said Deveaux turned himself in to investigators at 1pm Thursday, was charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor – victim under 11 years of age – and booked at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.


Ex-SC prison guard charged with having sex with inmate

A former South Carolina prison guard has been charged with having sex with an inmate.

The State Law Enforcement Division said Thursday that 27-year-old Jesse Reid of Hephzibah, Ga., was arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual misconduct with an inmate.

SLED says Reid admitted in August to having a sexual relationship with an inmate at McCormick Correctional Institution, a maximum security all-male facility about 80 miles west of Columbia.

A spokesman for the prison system said Reid was hired as a guard in December 2006 and was fired in October because of inappropriate relations with an inmate.

It was not immediately clear if bond had been set for Reid or if he had an attorney. Jail officials said they were not authorized to release that information


SLED: Officer Dealt Drugs To Inmates

LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. — A South Carolina Department of Corrections officer is accused of trying to deal drugs to inmates.


Charley Nicole Calvert is charged with misconduct in office and possession with intent to distribute drugs.


State Law Enforcement Division agents said that Calvert took drugs from an undercover officer in Laurens County with the intent to sell them to an inmate for $300.


Female prison guard charged with sexual misconduct

A former female prison guard has been charged with two counts of second degree sexual misconduct with a male inmate.


Authorities say 24-year-old Lori Clawson Johnson was released from a Spartanburg County jail Thursday.

A man who identified himself as Johnson’s stepfather would not talk about the charges. He also said he didn’t know if the Johnson has an attorney.

The State Law Enforcement Division and the state Department of Corrections investigated the case.


Female Prison Guard Charged With Sexual Misconduct

COLUMBIA, S.C. — A former female prison guard has been charged with two counts of second degree sexual misconduct with a male inmate. Authorities say 24-year-old Lori Clawson Johnson was released from a Spartanburg County jail Thursday. A man who identified himself as Johnson’s stepfather would not talk about the charges. He also said he didn’t know if the Johnson has an attorney.The State Law Enforcement Division and the state Department of Corrections investigated the case.


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