Sandusky County jail guards sexually exploited naked woman

Three jailers sexually exploited a naked, schizophrenic inmate while she was locked for six hours in a jail cell flooded with urine and water, according to information in a police investigation.
Jessica Cuffman
Feb 1, 2012

Three jailers sexually exploited a naked, schizophrenic inmate while she was locked for six hours in a jail cell flooded with urine and water, according to information in a police investigation.

Sandusky County jail guards Frank Kaiser, Charlie Pump and Joshua Smith are on paid leave pending the outcome of disciplinary hearings stemming from the Jan. 10 incident.

The 21-year-old woman remains in the Sandusky County jail without bond.

Fremont police arrested the 5-foot, 100-pound woman Jan. 10 for falsely accusing her ex-fiance of phone harassment, according to police.

She appeared in court that morning and threatened to kill herself when she was taken back to the jail, according to a 43-page report by Fremont police Sgt. Dean Bliss, who investigated allegations against the three guards at the request of Sheriff Kyle Overmyer.

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The report, made public Monday, unveils lurid details of the alleged interactions between the mentally ill woman and the guards. 

Over those six hours, Kaiser, Pump and Smith played varying roles interacting with the woman as she masturbated and performed sexual acts on herself, according to statements the men’s coworkers made to investigators.

Bliss’s report describes a “frenzy” atmosphere where the guards watched the woman masturbate. At least one of the guards encouraged the woman to “get on all fours” and show them her genitals.

Because Sandusky County prosecutor Thomas Stierwalt redacted the names of Kaiser, Pump and Smith from the report, it’s impossible to tell which guard did what.

The activity continued on and off for hours, until nightshift supervisor Capt. Matthew Bender arrived to work. At that point the woman’s cell was finally cleaned and a female guard complained about how the three men had treated the inmate.

The inmate herself told Bender what happened that afternoon — how she’d been left naked in her cell while the guards talked “dirty” to her and encouraged her to masturbate.

“Deputies from the previous shift were watching her from the window naked in the cell and were encouraging her to ‘touch herself,’” Bender said in a written statement to jail supervisor Tom Fligor. “(The inmate) advised she was a stripper and was not shy, so she complied with their requests and proceeded to masturbate in their presence.

“In my opinion, this is totally ridiculous, uncalled for and very unprofessional,” Bender’s report stated. “If (the inmate) was ‘going off’ she should have been placed in a suicide gown and placed in the restraint chair, not left naked for personal pleasure for many hours.”

While Bliss’ report provides the name of the inmate, the Register does not identify victims of sexual misconduct. 

Pick up Tuesday's Register for the full story, and also be sure to check out the PDFs below to read the full investigative report. Read a previous story on this issue here.

PLEASE NOTE: The investigative report contains graphic language and descriptions that may offend some readers.



Well I'm a bit disgusted with saga for the following reasons. 1. Missed a couple of names when you were redacting information. 2. Where was the shift captain, she was booked in late that morning. 3. Where was the Major responsible for the jail? Does anyone even do a cursory walk through anymore before leaving work at the end of the day? As a lot of this crap kicked off around 1530. I toured the plants I worked at at the end of the day, just to make sure things we okay and nothing was over looked. 4. Stupid..Stupid unprofessional behavior. 5. Maybe it's time to review what area responsibilities and policies are, Once again where was the shift Captain and if he was on the road the whole time then who runs the jail when he is not there? 6. Cellphones, and or repeated personal calls/e-mails while on company time (especially when trying to hook up with one of the LEO groupies), is a definite no no. 7. The chair restraint would have addressed most of these issues, the meds probably would have taken care of them all. Kyle, If the evidence supports the accusations I hope you are able to weed out the bad (have fun with the union). You may need to make some leadership changes also. This is twice now that the Corrections Officers group have show less than proffesional standards, I know they deal with all kinds, but they took the positions.


 Poor guys.


A few of you are making great critical thinking comments.  It IS all about liberal UNIONS.  Here is the TRUTH!  Three idiot employees and a few of their buddies with sworn authority to "protect and serve" took advantage of a weak individual under their care.  They decided it was funny to encourage and exploit a weak minded person for their own entertainment.  NO one thought to STOP this!  How many prisoners in the jail were witnesses to this?  Is this the norm for liberal UNION conduct?  If this keeps up and is considered "menial" conduct according to liberal loser UNIONS, then what does that say to YOU if you are on your way to jail?  How about any of your relatives or loved ones?  Still believe in that Monopoly game of "just visiting" during your stay in jail under UNION authority?  Ha! Ha!  If they are UNION members, they WILL keep their jobs and there is NOTHING any of you can do about it.  Welcome to the public sector UNION culture.  Many of you accepted and voted for this, now EAT IT!  



Well then Taxpayer, since the criminal activity was initiated by these conservative officers and allowed to continue by their conservative supervisors, why would you expect the liberal unions to do anything about it? After all the problem is the conservative officers not the liberal unions.



 lugnut, she wasnt strapped to a chair. she shouldve been. the OIC wouldnt allow them to strap her in. i never implied it was for their pleasure. just that you cannot determine that they supposed said and did certain things coming out of her mouth. cameras are needed in A/S. i do have a grip, i am just saying from a logical point she wasnt stable enough to make accusations. And Bliss, the officer conducting the investigation, has not been able to contact the woman. and btw i'm a female.


 Regardless Alex, this is wrong and this is my opinion


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Jan 31, 2012
12:18 PM lugnut2511 says

 Your not getting it Alex, this person was on suicide watch, strapped to a chair and gowned, Not naked masterbatig for their pleasures dude, get a grip

Woody Hayes

Great post from a 30 year veteran UNION Firefighter. Taxpayer=HYPERCRITE.


You can't move out of this state fast enough.


can anyone remember when a person wanted to be a cop because they believed in the law? Yes, Mr. Chamberlin was such a person, along with a few detectives I've known. There are others on SPD that are good people and have moral characters, but so many are egotistical jerks that should be on the other side of the bars.


Paid leave?  The term "paid leave" and its practice need to disappear from the workplace.  It is nothing less than an unearned vacation which isn't even charged against earned vacation time.

Can anyone think of anyone who has been put on paid leave who was deserving of this paid holiday?  I can't think of one.  Just the opposite.


You guys are a bunch of hypocrites.  You say that she should of been in a mental instituition instead of jail but on the same hand the voters of Sandusky County voted down a Mental Health Levy that would have funded alternative sentences for people just like her.  If this levy would of passed more than likely this whole situation would of been avoided.  She wouldnt of been in jail instead she would of been in a place  were she would of gotten the help she needed.  This issue was endorsed by both parties so there was no reason why this issue went down except that are the voters of Sandusky County are to cheap.  On another note dont rush into accusations unless you know what really happened.  You have heard from the investigators and the victim but what about deputies they have the right to defend themselves and tell what really happened.


They did tell their side of the story...hence the 44 pages or written statements. Maybe you should read them and then come back on here and call us hypocrites


 I have read the reports and this statement you just made is completely ignorant.  And you are probably the biggest hypocrite of them all.  Sure they have made there statements in the report but what about the media contacting them and getting there side there names of been out for a week now.  Or did you forget about that.  


I agree with jon491.  You geniuses commenting need to read them.  One says she was strapped to a chair.  Another says no she was not.  The way I read it, she was NOT strapped to a chair.  She was given a gown which she tried to flush down the toilet, probably making the floor wet with overflow.  Some of you have the Officers tried, found guilty and ready for punishment and POOR TAXPAYER.  If only there were NO UNIONS.  What an UTOPIA we would live in then!!!!! Ha Ha.


Cats, Call me ignorant. I call that a personal attack and contrary to Rule 1. of the discussion guidelines. Can you clarify your statement?

"what about the media contacting them and getting there side there names of been out for a week now"


 I think I stated it very well in the last comment i have made.  You have heard from the investigators that put the report out you have heard from the commanding officer of a different shift and you have heard from the victim.  But have the 3 officers had there fair chance to tell what happened no.  Ok people say that they told there side in the report  but how many people are going to take time to read it before they cast there judgment.   The officers should of been given time to defend thereselves in the article before you people start attacking them.


A jailer has so much power over an inmate that  the kind of "encouragement" described in the article is coersion, pure and simple.




Cats, "Sure they have made there statements in the report but what about the media contacting them and getting there side there names of been out for a week now. "

Did you mean, Sure they have made THEIR statements in the report but what about the media contacting them and getting THEIR side. THEIR names HAVE been out for a week now.  ???????

their  (âr)
adj. The possessive form of they.
1. Used as a modifier before a noun: their accomplishments; their home town.
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OMG you are saying that i am personally attacking you but the statement that you just made I consider it a personal attack on me.  Oh big deal I did not use the right their.  Sue me.  Also I forgot it was a crime that somebody finds your voice attractive.  As it was stated in the report that was the reason why the victim started pleasuring herself in the first place.  Nobody forced her to do anything by her own admitance.


The Sandusky Register is doing an injustice to the brave people who keep our communities safe. They are taking the statements of a mentally ill woman to be true over the quotes of 3 respected deputies at the Sandusky County Jail. This article is not fair. They should have the ability to defend themselves and tell their side of the story. These people are being treated like dirt and labled criminals before having that basic right to defend themselves. I beleve law enforcment over a woman with mental issues. Shame on you Sandusky Register. 


Please tell me that these sickos are on administrative leave and are being investigated?  When proven guilty I hope they rot in the same jail they did this in.  What a bunch of perverts. 

These guys are NOT representatives of the entire group of people working there, I am sure, but a few rotten apples have a tendency to spoil the who bunch. 

Why didn't the female officer call the chief????  I would have and done so immediately when I realized what they were doing.  She has some responsiblity to the inmates in her care. 

They are sick, sick, sick.  And no, the Register isn't slamming the entire group....just the ones who deserve it.  And boy, do they deserve it. 


to cats............what is your problem???  It sounds like you know one or more of these guys and are out to defend them. 

What could they possibly have to say in defense of all this?  That they didn't watch?  That they didn't leave her in a cell filled with urine?  That they didn't encourage the behavior? 

Even if they did ONE of the things they are being accused of they should be dismissed.  Sure. I would LOVE to have them tell their version.  Let's hear it. 

But I bet a dollar to a donut that their attorneys will say....."no comment" and that will be the end of it. 


No I do not know any of these individuals.  I believe in standing up for people especially when I believe they are right.  This paper is so quick to critiscize any law enforcement agency that has any kind of problems no matter how small or big the problems are.  Without knowing any of the factual information.  And another thing the only reason that her cell was flooded because she did it herself nobody else did it.  Shes the one that chose to flood her cell and she is the one that pleasured nobody forced her to do it.  And I will take that dollar you are willing to bet because not every attorney is afraid of the press and will tell there sides


Cats, I didn't call you ignorant or a hypocrite.  I really didn't understand the sentence.

As to the pleasing voice and pleasuring herself commment, I say "REALLY, in Public?"




I agree with you I never said it was right what she was doing.  I also agree that the Sandusky County Jail is not the place for her to be doing it.  But the point that I am trying to get across is that nobody made her do it and she is the one chose to do it herself.


This isn't "unprofessional" behavior on the part of the guards. It's criminal. I sincerely hope it's treated accordingly.


How is it crimminal if anything I agree that some of what happened that night was unprofessional but not crimminal.  They didnt follow the procedures to the T but they did not do anything crimminal.  Once again the only reason this hole forum is going on is because of the acts that she chose to do on her own free will.


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Ok your statements are inaccurate.  All the information I have is from what I read in the report from the Register.  I guess I am the only one that is smart enough to read the whole thing and not just read bits and pieces of it and take it for the truth.  And no I am not the one that was DTF.  And it is absurd that you would say that. 



CatsAreTheBest ... I think I can arrange a night in the Sandusky County Jail for you where you can experience, first hand       ;o)     the non criminal behavior of the keepers. You sound qualified. Care to take me up on my offer?