3 officers at jail resign

June 11, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

Three county correctional officers who were being investigated for possible misconduct at the Harford County Detention Center recently resigned and will not be criminally charged, authorities said.

The officers - two men and a woman - were accused of "infractions of agency policy and procedures" and resigned shortly after an investigation began last month, said Robert B. Thomas, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

"The warden concurred with the sheriff that an investigation was warranted in each of the three incidents and, as a result of the internal investigation, the employees at their own volition opted to resign their positions," Thomas said.

State's Attorney Joseph I. Cassilly said charges against correctional officers are often hard to prosecute because the victims have criminal records and questionable credibility.

"Your witnesses are criminals, and often they have pretty bad records in terms of credibility and juries," Cassilly said.

In Elkton two weeks ago, three correctional officers at the Cecil County Detention Center were charged with sex offenses and misconduct in office and were fired after female inmates accused them of engaging in sexual activity while on duty, the Cecil Whig reported.

The officers were served with summonses and were charged with second-degree assaults, fourth-degree sex offenses and misconduct in office, according to the newspaper.

Cassilly said at least one of the Harford correctional officers who left the agency last month was accused of engaging in sex with a female inmate, but the accounts were conflicting. Thomas said the three officers' alleged violations were unrelated.

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