Jail deputy facing inmate sex charges

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The Kern County sheriff is vowing to
change jail policies after a second deputy was accused of having sexual contact with inmates.

Detention deputy Anthony Lavis was arrested Thursday on suspicion of inappropriately touching female inmates while working at Lerdo Jail.

Inmates reported that the 55-year-old Lavis also had them expose themselves in exchange for food and money and used the sheriff’s database to look up contact information for an inmate after she left jail.

Lavis’ arrest comes just a month after another jail deputy, Margarita Young, was charged with having sex multiple times with an inmate. Young has pleaded not guilty.

Sheriff Donny Youngblood announced at a news conference Thursday that he will station deputies at key parts of the jail and require supervisors to patrol the facilities and sign log records more.



Prison guard fired for joining the KKK

A prison guard who acknowledged being a member of white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan has been fired for belonging to a subversive or terrorist organisation, a violation of the county agency’s code of ethics.

Wayne Kerschner, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office corrections officer, was fired on Tuesday following a 10-month internal investigation.

The investigation revealed that Kerschner applied online for membership to the United Northern and Southern Knights of the Ku Klux Klan a year ago, paid $US30 a month for access to a members-only Klan website and that the group did a thorough background check that included his credit history before allowing him to join. Continue reading

Police Search for Texas Prison Guard Accused of Killing Wife, Mother-in-Law


Authorities from Texas to Florida were searching Monday for a prison guard accused of stabbing his wife and mother-in-law in a double-slaying witnessed by children.

Detectives in the Houston suburb of Rosenberg were looking for Albert James Turner, 44, who faces murder charges after an argument at the home of his in-laws turned violent early Sunday, Rosenberg police Lt. Colin Davidson said.

Turner has family near Orlando, Fla., and Davidson said law enforcement agencies all along Interstate 10 have been notified in case Turner is headed that way. The 6-foot-1 Turner weighs about 270 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous, Davidson said. Continue reading

Uniformed corrections officer shoplifts with nearly $3,000

VICTORVILLE • Authorities arrested a California Department of Corrections employee for shoplifting nearly $3,000 in merchandise from Target while in her uniform and with her 6-year-old son, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Victorville station officials said.
Tonya Henderson, 40, stole several large-ticket items from the Target on Palmdale and Amargosa roads Tuesday, Arden Wiltshire, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Department said. She was arrested for commercial burglary.
“I do not recall ever having an incident like this occurring involving a corrections officer,” Wiltshire said.
Henderson was arrested and booked into West Valley Detention Center and her child was turned over to Child Protective Services, Wiltshire said

source: http://www.vvdailypress.com/news/victorville-16461-corrections-officer.html

Correctional officer, woman charged for bringing inmate marijuana, cigarettes

LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) – According to the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, on Wednesday, December 30, deputies arrested a 35-year-old Columbia woman and a 29-year-old correctional officer on charges that the woman gave marijuana and cigarettes to the officer, who later brought the contraband into the Lexington County Detention Center.

The officer was fired after he was arrested.

Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said deputies arrested Tawanda Katherine Williams, 35, at 1:42 a.m. on Wednesday on charges of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, furnishing drugs to a prisoner and distributing marijuana.

Deputies arrested Phillip Anthony Fields, 29, at 2:45 a.m. on Wednesday on two counts of furnishing contraband to a prisoner, two counts of furnishing drugs to a prisoner, two counts of misconduct in office by a public official and one count of possessing marijuana. Continue reading

Dallas County Jail guard admits inmate danced for her

 A Dallas County jail guard has resigned while under investigation for allowing a 20-year-old male inmate to perform a sexually suggestive dance for her to music this month, according to Sheriff’s Department reports.

The “lap dance” incident occurred in the county’s new direct supervision jail, where guards supervise inmates from inside the housing pods – a growing trend in corrections.

Witnesses said Officer Kytrina Lewis was close to the inmate, Gregory Miller of Dallas, and gave him her personal cellphone, which contained photos of her to which he masturbated.

Lewis said in a statement that she knew Miller from school.

“I asked Miller one day could he still dance like in school,” she said. “He stated yes, and on that particular day, he did dance seductively behind my desk.” Continue reading

Former prison officer jailed for smuggling


A former prison officer, who smuggled mobile phones, drugs and alcohol into Mountjoy Prison over a two year period, has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Dillon O’Brien, a father of three from Charnwood Meadows in Clonsilla in Dublin, pleaded guilty to trafficking mobile phones, cocaine, heroin and vodka into Mountjoy Prison between January 2005 and March 2007.

The 37-year-old also pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine at his home on 15 March 2007. Continue reading