Dallas County Jail official faces charges of sexually abusing inmate

A Dallas County Jail official sexually assaulted a female inmate at the facility in December, state investigators alleged Thursday.

Kevin Paul Hines, 58, of Perry is charged with felony sex abuse and misconduct with an offender, an aggravated misdemeanor. The sex abuse charge carries a 10-year prison term.

Hines was in the jail late Thursday on a $10,000 bond and was expected to be transferred to Polk County

Hines “did engage in a sex act by force and against the will of … an adult female, who was incarcerated,” a state Division of Criminal Investigation agent wrote in the criminal complaint. The alleged victim was not identified. Information on the charges that landed her in jail was not available. Continue reading

Prison guard, girlfriend accused in murder plot

TYLER, Texas — Authorities arrested a Texas Department of Criminal Justice guard and his girlfriend Thursday in an alleged plot to kill the woman’s estranged husband, who thought he and his wife were about to reconcile.

Cathryn Lake, 51, and Rudolph Regalado, 48, were arrested in Tyler on charges of criminal solicitation to commit capital murder. The two were named in indictments unsealed late Thursday that accused them of promising to pay for the murder of Lake’s husband. Continue reading

Ex-jailer accused of having sex on the job

BANDERA — A grand jury on Monday indicted a local man on a charge of improper sexual contact with a person in custody, accusing him of having sexual relations with a female inmate at the Bandera County jail while he was a jailer, District Attorney Bruce Curry said.

Scott Sharp Jr., 19, had been on the job about six months before allegedly getting intimate in late November with the detainee, who wasn’t named.

When he was fired, Sharp said he’d had consensual sex three or four times with the woman, who denied any sex occurred, Bandera County Sheriff Weldon Tucker said. Sharp’s father is an investigator with the department.

The grand jury indicted Sharp on the state jail felony after hearing testimony from Texas Ranger Lance Coleman, Curry said.

source: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/Ex-jailer_in_Bandera_County_indicted_for_jail_sex.html

3 West Texas prison workers indicted on charges of smuggling contraband for inmates

PECOS, Texas —Three employees at a county-owned but privately managed West Texas prison have been indicted on charges that they took bribes to smuggle in contraband, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Moises B. Martinez Jr., a prison case manager, and guard Sylvia Castillo Chairez were indicted last week in Midland. Jacob C. Guzman was indicted on Jan. 28, though his Midland lawyer, Dan Wade, believes a second indictment was also issued last week. Continue reading

Ex-Sheriff, Jailers Charged With Inmate Sex, Taking Them Drugs

 FORT WORTH, Texas —  A former North Texas sheriff and some ex-jailers were among 17 people named Friday in a 106-count indictment on charges ranging from having sex with inmates to taking them drugs.

Bill Keating, who was Montague County sheriff from 2004-08, is charged with official oppression and having sex with inmates in April and in the fall, according to the indictment. Keating was not up for re-election because he lost in the primary last spring. Continue reading

Beaumont woman pleads guilty to accepting bribe while working as guard at federal penitentiary

A 34-year-old Beaumont woman pleaded guilty Monday to a charge that she accepted a bribe from an inmate while working at the federal penitentiary.

Jada L. Jefferson was accused of accepting $1,500 from an inmate in exchange for bringing tobacco into the prison. The offense is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

She was also indicted last September on two counts of engaging in a sexual act with an inmate, each punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and one count of bringing a prohibited substance into a federal correctional facility, an offense punishable by up to six months incarceration.

Jefferson will be sentenced after the completion of a pre-sentencing report that be used to determine a suggested punishment range. Jefferson will remain out on bond while awaiting sentencing.

source: http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/38409989.html

Former Prison Guard Indicted For Murder

 Plainview Police Department

A Hale County grand jury says there is enough evidence to send a former prison guard to trial for murder. The Plainview Daily Herald reports that jury members indicted 31-year-old Sacarias Dee Pena on Wednesday.  He’s charged with the murder of 28-year-old Christopher Sanchez of Floydada.

Neighbors told NewsChannel 11 they heard as many as six gun shots on the morning of November 21st. They called 911 around 6:30 a.m.  

Investigators say there was a history between Sanchez, Pena, and Pena’s ex-wife. They believe the shooting developed from that.

If convicted, Pena faces five-years to life in prison. Bond is set at $100,000.

source http://www.kcbd.com/global/story.asp?s=9559769


United States Attorney Johnny Sutton announced that Emmanuel Cassio, a former corrections officer at the Val Verde County Detention Center in Del Rio, Texas, was sentenced to 16 months in federal prison for violating the civil rights of a pre-trial detainee and obstructing the subsequent criminal investigation.

Appearing before United States District Judge Alia Ludlum yesterday afternoon, Cassio was sentenced to 10 months for Count 1 (Deprivation of Rights under Color of Law – 18 USC 242) and 6 months for violating Count 2 (Hindering Communication of Information Relating to Federal Offense – 18 USC 1512(b)(3)). Judge Ludlum ordered that both sentences be served consecutively. Judge Ludlum also ordered that Cassio pay a $3,000 fine and be placed under supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

On April 30, 2008, Cassio pleaded guilty to the charges. Cassio admitted that on October 31, 2006, while working as a corrections officer at the Val Verde County Detention Center, he used unreasonable force when he repeatedly punched an inmate without provocation. Cassio agreed that his assault violated the inmate’s constitutional right to be free of unreasonable force by law enforcement officers. Additionally, Cassio admitted that he obstructed justice when he provided false information about the incident to investigators.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Val Verde County Sheriff’s Office. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert Brady and D.O.J. Civil Rights Division Trial Attorney Jared Fishman

source: http://sanantonio.fbi.gov/dojpressrel/pressrel08/obstruction111308.htm

Former detention officer arrested for allegedly smuggling narcotics into jails

A former detention officer with the Cameron County Sheriff’s Department was arrested Wednesday by sheriff’s investigators for allegedly smuggling narcotics into county jails.

According to a department press release, the arrest of former detention officer Gabel Jacques Gonzalez was the result of an investigation by the sheriff’s criminal investigations division and special investigations unit. Continue reading

Sheriff Says Jailer Fired For Having Sex With Inmate

A jailer at the Bandera County Jail is out of job after he reportedly confessed to having sex with a female inmate at the jail.

Scott Sharp was fired Tuesday. According to Sheriff Weldon Tucker, Sharp had sex with the inmate multiple times during a 2-day period. Sheriff Tucker said dispatchers at the jail believed something was going on and reported their suspicions.

The female inmate has refused to give a statement about the incident.

Sharp was a jailer for Bandera County for 5 months.

The case is now going to the Bandera County Grand Jury. Sharp could be charged with a felony, but has not yet been arrested or charged with any crime.

Sheriff Weldon told News 4 WOAI it’s the second time in 3 1/2 years that something like this has happened at the Bandera County Jail.



Denton jailer accused of telling inmate he’d go free if he voted for McCain

A Denton city jailer could be punished for telling a detainee on Election Day that he would be released if he voted for John McCain, Denton police authorities said.

Aruto Ntel, 25, who recently became an American citizen, said he was pulled over for speeding about 10 a.m. Nov. 4 as he was going to vote for the first time.

Mr. Ntel was arrested on an outstanding warrant from McKinney for driving without insurance, Denton police Capt. Lenn Carter said.

Mr. Ntel said he was taken to the Denton City Jail, where a jail employee – who was later identified by closed-circuit video as Chris Saunier – dangled a key in front of Mr. Ntel’s face.

“He told me, ‘If you vote for McCain, I’ll let you out right now,’ ” said Mr. Ntel, a senior at Texas Woman’s University. “The officer was laughing, but I didn’t think it was funny. He should have been acting like a professional. He shouldn’t have done that.”

Police Chief Roy Minter and his supervisors will decide in the next week what disciplinary action should be taken against Mr. Saunier, Capt. Carter said.

Mr. Saunier, a nine-year veteran, has been placed on restricted duty and reassigned within the police department, Capt. Carter said.

He was not on duty Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

A friend posted the $187 bail for Mr. Ntel and took him to the voting booth Nov. 4.

Mr. Ntel said he voted for Barack Obama.

source http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-votemccain_20met.ART0.Central.Edition1.4ab848e.html

Potter County Jail Guard Fired

POTTER COUNTY — The Potter County Jail is getting a little tougher.
They’ve fired one of their guards, reprimanded another and are adding more security measures.
This after the escape of Joshua Barnes earlier this month.
The jail is going to add some more razor wire to their surrounding fences and they’re going to add more security camera’s.
It’s all with the hope of avoiding another escape.
Jail officials won’t tell us the name of the guard that was fired, but they do admit the guard left her post for an hour.
In that time, Barnes was able to escape from the recreation area of the jail.
This was the second time Barnes had escaped from custody he’s now facing a hundred forty-five years worth of prison time.
“Complacency can be a problem. The officers do a very good job that work here. They have a serious job and it’s dangerous sometimes but when you do have complacency we need to deal with that particular incident,” says Captain Roger Haney of the Potter County Jail.
According to Haney, the last time there was an escape at the jail was about nine years ago.
The guard that was fired had worked at the jail for nearly four years.
The jail administration has gone over their policy again to remind guards of their duties.



Coryell County Jailer Under Arrest

A Coryell County jailer is under arrest on charges of violation of the civil rights of a person in custody and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

October 23, 2008 a Coryell County Jailer was arrested by Deputies from the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office on two charges of Violation of Civil Rights of a Person in Custody. The charge is the culmination of an internal investigation conducted by the Coryell County Sheriff’s Office into allegations of improper conduct involving a county jailer and an inmate in custody in the County Jail.

Sheriff Burks said that when allegations are made involving an employee an immediate investigation is always ordered. It has always been my policy to aggressively pursue all allegations involving staff. In most investigations involving staff the employee is cleared of any wrong doing, but there are some that during the investigation there is probable cause to believe that a criminal violation has occurred. And when this occurs criminal charges are filed.

The allegations were made in this case on the morning of October 23, 2008 and the investigation was immediately ordered. Arrest warrants were issued on the same day, later that evening for the arrest of Richard Sammuel Linn (51 years of age). Linn was taken into custody and placed in jail at the Coryell County Jail. At the time of this press release Linn was still in custody his bond has been set at $10,000.00 per charge. Linn voluntarily resigned his employment with the County Jail.

Linn had been employed as a jailer since November 2007.

The charge is a State Jail Felony with a punishment of not less than 180 days or more than 2 years confinement in a State Jail Facility if convicted. Also a fine can be imposed of not more than $10,000.00.



Correction Officer arrested in theft of neighbor’s house

A corrections officer at the John Middleton Unit was arrested Thursday in connection with the January burglary of his neighbor’s home, Taylor County Jail records show.

Dusty Logan Fox, 26, is accused of breaking into his neighbor’s home in the 3000 block of West Lake Road on Jan. 15 and stealing a viola, which he later pawned, according to an arrest affidavit for Fox.

According to Reporter-News police blotter files, Fox’s neighbor reported that more than $5,000 of furniture, dishes, jewelry and electronic equipment had been stolen. Fox admitted to the theft in a statement to investigators.



Houston County corrections officer disciplined

Houston County Sheriff Andy Hughes recently suspended a corrections officer for his involvement in a traffic crash that left a county inmate dead.

Hughes reprimanded Michael Brian Shelley, 25, for misuse of a department vehicle during the fatal crash on July 22, which happened near Kilby Prison close to Montgomery.

Terry Irvin, 39, died after the Houston County Sheriff’s van he was traveling in collided with what authorities have called a dump truck. Hughes previously released copies of the accident report prepared by Alabama State Troopers, which indicated the corrections officer ran a red light and was talking on his cellular phone at the time of the crash. The report said Shelley used the phone to call the Houston County Jail.

Hughes suspended Shelley for one day without pay, which he will serve Friday. He cited running the red light and using a cell phone as the misuses of the vehicle.

“It’s important to understand we’re not punishing him because there was a death,” Hughes said. “We’re punishing him because of his actions which caused the accident to begin to with.”

Hughes said the decision was made after Alabama state troopers found Shelley to be the primary contributing or at fault vehicle in the crash. He also called it reckless disregard for safety and careless use of a department vehicle.

Hughes said the suspension came as a result of a disciplinary hearing Friday held in front of Houston County Jail Commander Keith Reed. Hughes also took into account the fact Shelley had no prior accidents or write-ups on his record as a corrections officer. He has worked as a corrections officer for Houston County for about 10 months.

No one has been charged in the crash, but Montgomery County District Attorney Ellen Brooks previously said it would likely be presented to a grand jury.

Shelley had picked up Irvin to bring him back to Houston County for a court hearing the next day on a pending robbery charge. Hughes said Shelley was on his way to Ventress Correctional facility to pick up another inmate at the time of the crash.

The crash happened around 7:30 p.m. One of the traffic lights at the intersection had apparently not been working. The remaining light was clearly visible, according to the report.



Correctional Officer Arrested with ex-con on Drug Charges


On July 28, 2008 at 7:00 AM, Louisiana State Police – Troop D, Criminal Patrol Units stopped a 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit for a traffic violation on Interstate 10 near milepost 49 in Jefferson Davis Parish. The Volkswagen was occupied by the driver 28 year old LaQuatta Marie Felder of Houston, TX and a passenger 33 year old Joseph Hubert Harris of New Orleans, LA.

Troopers conducted a roadside interview and asked for a consent to search for the Volkswagen. LaQuatta Marie Felder refused to give consent. Utilizing a State Police K-9 unit, Troopers were able to search the Volkswagen and discovered 1.2 pounds of cocaine in a suitcase located in the trunk of the vehicle.

Troopers conducted an interview and learned that LaQuatta Marie Felder is employed as a correctional officer at the Darrington Penitentiary in Rosharon, TX and Joseph Hubert Harris was a former inmate at Darrington Penitentiary in Rosharon, TX. Felder and Harris were booked into the Jefferson Davis Parish Jail for Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine.

source: http://www.katc.com/Global/story.asp?S=8753432

Grand jury indicts El Paso County Detention Officer on federal firearms charges


EL PASO, TX – A federal grand jury has indicted 38-year-old Luis Armando Rodriguez, charging him with two counts each of illegally manufacturing firearms, possessing unregistered firearms and providing false information in the acquisition of a firearm.

Rodriguez is an El Paso County Detention Officer.

According to the indictment, Rodriguez constructed a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16 inches in length as required by federal law. The document indicates Rodriguez did this on September 17, 2007 and again on May 27, 2008.

The indictment further alleges that neither of those rifles were registered to Rodriguez in the National Firearms Registration and Transfer Record.

Also in the indictment are claims that on two occasions in January of this year, Rodriguez knowingly provided a false current address on a legal form when purchasing a total of five rifles from a federal firearms licensee.

If convicted, Rodriguez faces up to ten years in federal prison on each of the illegal manufacturing and possession of unregistered firearms charges. He can also face five years in prison on each of the false information charges.

Assistant US Attorney Greg McDonald is prosecuting Rodriguez on behalf of the federal government.

The case was investigated by agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with assistance from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department.

source: http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=8613054&nav=AbC0

Randall County Correction officer fired after sex charge

A Randall County corrections officer has been fired following his arrest on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault.

Police allege Derrick DeWayne White, 31, is the man responsible for assaulting an acquaintance last weekend.

Randall County Sheriff Joel Richardson said White was a supervisor for the corrections division of the sheriff’s office. He had been in that position since October and been with the sheriff’s office since December 2003, Richardson said.

“He was relieved of his duties with us. It’s an unfortunate incident for law enforcement, but you can’t expect to be given special treatment because you wear a badge,” said Richardson, who declined further comment on White’s dismissal.

A criminal complaint was filed Tuesday against White, an Amarillo resident. The charge stems from an incident Saturday, Amarillo police Cpl. Jerry Neufeld said. “We were given an anonymous tip,” he said.

Police then spoke with the alleged victim, who provided officers with her account of the incident.

Police believe White used a pistol during the assault, Neufeld said.

White bonded out of jail Tuesday, according to jail records.

Neufeld said the investigation is ongoing.

source: http://www.amarillo.com/stories/070208/new_10684325.shtml

Prison Employee Arrested


A worker at the state prison at Dallas was arrested Thursday and accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate.

According to court papers, Ann Carroll of Duryea was a library assistant at the prison when she began the relationship.  She admitted having sex with the inmate  in the prison library on a number of occasions.

The relationship was discovered when the inmate was calling Carroll’s cell phone which is listed on employee’s phone list.

Carroll is free on bail.

source: http://www.wnep.com/global/story.asp?s=8365873

Texas CO Blogs About Wanting to “Blast Inmates Faces Off”



23 year old Cody Basham is a correctional officer with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Cody says,  in his blog entry on uber.com, “all I think about is taking the first chance I get to blast an inmates face off with a shotgun.” Basham’s comment is among several disturbing comments made during an April blog entry that has since been removed from the site. With Texas prisons short-staffed to the tune of 4,000 corrections officers, it appears the lone star state is scraping the bottom of the barrel trying to hire anyone it can  to fill the open positions.

Basham seems to enjoy being a power player in the prison as he describes it, “in prison I force my will upon the unwilling without so much as a thought for their desires. In prison a guard is the guy that everyone hates but everyone needs. Much like the government. Inmates may hate me but they will still obey, because failure to comply results in “assisting them to the ground” or “applying chemical agents” to gain their compliance.”

Basham not only feels that inmates are worthy of death, he describes his supervisors as “retarded” and seems to hate his job…heres more...“being a guard is the lowest position within a prison. Most of the people above you are retarded and have unrealistic expectations of your work. Example; we have doors which partition parts of the hallway called crash gates. These are to keep a riot or disturbance isolated in an emergency and allow greater control. But where I work we moved the keys to those gates away from the people that need them, and into the hands of people much further away. Crash gates are always closed and locked unless inmates or officers need to go through, you open them then lock them back after you let someone through. Now however the people who are responsible for opening the gate are no where near the gate. Thats just one of many examples of the mild retardation in my supervisors.”

“Unrealistic expectations which I mentioned earlier here is a few examples. Pat search 200 inmates a day (you are supposed to do this in a 2 hour window of your day) while maintaining surveillance and security. First off, while you are bent over with your face in some guys ass who just ate greasy chilly mac, the last thing you are worried about is some people talking 30 yards from you. Second 200 people in 2 hours is over 1 person a minute during that window, its PHYSICALLY IMPOSSIBLE. pat searches take 40-seconds for the search time alone which does not include time for picking the inmate out of a line or checking for a safe zone to put yourself in (proximics).”

What is clear, upon reading this trash, is that this correctional officer poses a direct and immediate threat to the safety and security of ANY inmate in ANY institution. It would seem incumbent of the State of Texas to immediately remove this asshole from his job and FIRE him with extreme prejudice. Unfortunately, this blog entry is likely just the tip of the iceberg. How many Cody Basham’s are there? With the hiring practices going on in TDCJ, probably quite a few.

source: http://druzifer.livejournal.com/32958.html