Jail guard sidelined after altercation

A Sandusky County sheriff's employee is on paid leave amid accusations he hit a fellow jail guard and yanked at her chin.
Jessica Cuffman
Apr 28, 2013

 

Deputy Chris Benson was placed on administrative leave April 19, after co-worker Emily Longoria, a deputy, wrote a letter to the jail administrator outlining the alleged incidents.

Benson, she said, struck her between the shoulder blades in one incident while the two were on duty April 15, according to a complaint the Sandusky County Sheriff’s Office released Friday.

The second incident happened two days later, when Longoria was supervising an inmate who was calling his mother.

According to Longoria, Benson entered the room and yelled profanities at her, asking her what her attitude problem was. When she didn’t answer him, Benson allegedly grabbed her face and yanked it toward him.

“You look at me when I’m f---ing taking to you,” he allegedly told her, according to the complaint.

Longoria said she told Benson not to touch her, so he yelled at her again before slamming the top of a medicine cabinet shut and walking out of the room, the complaint stated.

“I was distraught and didn’t know what to do, because I couldn’t believe he acted in such a way in front of an inmate,” Longoria stated in her letter to Sheriff’s Maj. Tom Fligor.

Later in the day, she told the shift supervisor about the incident, but she didn’t want him to say anything because she was scared of retaliation, according to the report. 

On April 18, however, she approached her supervisor again. The next day, she wrote the letter to Fligor.

Sheriff Kyle Overmyer placed Benson on paid leave the day he received the complaint, pending the outcome of an investigation into an alleged violation of workplace rules or policies.

Benson was also ordered to stay off of county property and to avoid contact with any other sheriff’s office employee. He also had to surrender his badge, identification, keys and radio.

 

Comments

swiss cheese kat

Bad cop no donuts.

Texx Reloader

There is a lot more to this than meets the eye. Some enterprising journalist should study this for an expose. You can begin by emailing the County Administrator: wpbrown@co.sandusky.oh.us, and ask for electronic copies of Personnel Files. They have to be released, and with a good investigative reporter, the rest will be quite obvious.

Mum-of-One

If that's how he treats his co-workers how would he treat an inmate? No time for the workplace bully. Good for Deputy Longoria for having the courage to come forward and report this type of behavior. Lets hope the investigation does not take to long since Deputy Benson is on paid leave.

dorothy gale

I don't understand this "paid leave" nonsense. Getting paid for NOT working is a reward, not a punishment.

sandusky2012

I wonder if he will be charged with assault on a peace officer anyone else would have at least the average taxpayer would be

mikeylikesit

yanked at her chin? does she have a beard? her chinny chin chin..

Katelih-Trailer...

If the woman were me, they would have said, "chins." Lol

mamaC

Sickening that a male has to treat a female like this!

Julie R.

Wow! What a big tough man. She should of hauled off and punched the big boy right in the mouth.

Mum-of-One

Julie R: Nobody should be punching anybody.

reporter54

I am not sure why some men think they can treat women like this. I think that domestic violence has been a big problem in OH for a long time. Some women even add to the problem by not standing up to offenders out of fear or because they have the misguided sense that men are in charge or always right. They're not.

Ithink

Stand your ground Emily. Don't let him bully you into dropping any of your charges.

Truth or Dare

Gee, looks like a pattern of a hostile work environment over there in Sandusky County. Look what they're allowing to be done/are doing to the Limberios family, what they've done in the recent past to a female inmate, as well all the other incidents.

You think they really give a rat's arse about a female Deputy being mistreated o.t.j. and by a co-worker to boot?! Nice example to set for the innate, eh?

sandusky2012

looks like another local LEO is setting a good example whats with these cops?
http://www.norwalkreflector.com/...
Norwalk cop being investigated for alleged abuse of girlfriend

sandtown born a...

Really in Sandusky County??? Say It Isnt So , that county is just self imploding