Five Virginia correctional officers charged in dog fondling

Five Virginia Department of Corrections officers have been charged with animal cruelty involving the fondling of a K-9 dog and videotaping the two incidents.

All five officers were training at the Academy for Staff Development in Goochland County to become K-9 handlers. They were charged across the James River in Powhatan County where the kennel is located, at the Powhatan Correctional Center.

Facing misdemeanor animal-cruelty charges are Kelvin Thompson, 25, who works at Green Rock Correctional Center in Chatham; Melvin Boone, 40, who worked at the state prison in Sussex County; Adam R. Webb, 27, and Cheri Campbell, 35, who work at Nottoway Correctional Center; and Anthony Eldridge, 33, a sergeant who worked at Nottoway. Continue reading

Ex-prison official will face three trials in sex case

The former head of security for Virginia’s largest women’s prison will face 30 counts of having carnal knowledge of inmates divided into three jury trials.

Patrick Owen Gee, 45, appeared briefly in Fluvanna County Circuit Court yesterday for a motions hearing. Jeff W. Haislip, the county’s commonwealth’s attorney, considered trying all three cases together but withdrew his motion.

Gee is accused of having sexual relations with three inmates between Sept. 27, 2005, and July 31, 2007. It is a felony in Virginia for prison and jail employees to have sexual contact with inmates, even if it’s consensual.

During the time referred to in the indictments, Gee was head of security for the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women, which houses 1,200 female inmates. He held that post from June 25, 2005, until he left the job and the state corrections system on Aug. 2, 2007. He had worked with the Virginia Department of Corrections since June 14, 1990.

Each count of carnal knowledge is punishable by up to five years in prison. The first of his trials is scheduled to begin on Oct. 16.


Ex-correctional officer sentenced today for bribery

A former Lawrenceville Correctional Center officer is to be sentenced today for bribery involving an inmate.

Former Lt. Harold Douglas Jr. faces 10 years in prison when he is sentenced this morning in Brunswick County Circuit Court.

Inmate David E. Davis, who told officials he paid $2,000 to Douglas, also has been convicted of bribery.

Davis told authorities that Douglas demanded money by threatening to charge him with false offenses and with violence.

Lawrenceville, with 1,500, medium-security inmates, is Virginia’s only privately run prison.



Former correctional officer admits wrongdoing, faces 20 years for acts

RICHMOND — A former correctional officer at the federal prison in Petersburg has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with an inmate and accepting bribes.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Richmond, Teresa Mendoza was a senior correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Center when she accepted money and gifts from an inmate in exchange for contraband such as cellphones, cigarettes and alcohol.

Prosecutors also said Mendoza acknowledged that she engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with an inmate.

Mendoza pleaded guilty Monday to bribery of a public official and to carnal knowledge with an inmate.

She is scheduled for sentencing in October and faces a maximum prison term of 20 years for the two offenses, which occurred from June 2006 through May 2007.


Former Prison Official Faces Sex Charges


The former security chief at a Virginia women’s prison faces 30 counts of having sex with inmates.

Patrick Owen Gee was indicted this week in Fluvanna County. He faces a maximum of five years in prison on each felony count of having carnal knowledge of inmates.

The offenses allegedly occurred over a nearly two-year period and involved three inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women. Commonwealth’s Attorney Jeff Haislip says Gee is expected to make his first court appearance May 9.

Court papers list Gee as being from Richmond. A phone listed in the name of a Patrick Gee in Richmond has been disconnected.


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