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.


sandtown resident

This young girls parents grandparents brothers sisters aunts and uncles are still paying these pithetic fools they are on PAID leave This sorry sheriffe is covering this as much as he can its unbelievable how out of control goverment has gotten we are paying the people to assault us ,when an officer is killed in the line of duty we are all there to support law enforcement lets see if they return the favor


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Super Judge

Is it true they created ababy that night?



Where is the respect for the men who keep our community safe. They have served us well in the past and I for one am sick of the people on this fourm backing a unstable criminal over law enforcement officers. This woman was not abused. They did not force her to touch herself. The register owes it to the community to stop protecting criminals and stand up for law enforcement.



to dollar is ready when you are.  When we see their lawyers, you have that donut ready, ok?  Because THEIR lawyers are NOT going to let them speak a word to anyone until they are darn good and ready. 

I am amazed that you seem to have sooo much to say about this and yet you claim not to know them or have anything to do with this, yet you state that SHE made the mess in the cell and she did the "show" without provocation by those men, etc, etc, etc. 

And how did you come by this first hand knowledge if you were not there and do not know these guys personally ?????  I would really like to know?  I am curious about your sources of information as it seems to have appeared as if my magic.  Tell us. 

I read each and every word written about this incident as described in the report listed here and in todays paper and it is just as vile and disqusting as it can be.  So where did you get the opposing information of yours?  You must have a source that none of the rest of us are priviledged to avail ourselves of, so please share. 

And I will gladly give you your dollar or collect my donut when we find out about those attorneys....I pay my debts


to Freedom:   Respect is earned, Freedom, not demanded or just plain expected because of one's position.

These men did not act according to what MOST of us expect of our police and firemen.  They acted, according to the reports, in an irreprehensible manner that you would expect of someone with less than a brain. They acted like animals.   

Had they acted more professionally, there would not be an investigation nor would there be such public outrage. 

The mere fact that there is an investigation should tell everyone something.  There is not an investigation for NO REASON.  And apparently the "powers that be" got it right for a change. 

These officers don't deserve to be treated with respect.  They certainly didn't show any to that woman.  There are ways to handle things in a dignified and respectful way in ANY law enforcement communiity and they know that .  They chose to ignore it.  Shame on them for that. 

You ask where is the respect?  It went out the window with their actions and their lack of respect and  inhumane actions. 

Oh, yes, Freedom.  You want respect, you get it through action, not demand.  And they will get it when they act like they deserve it   I should have thought anyone would know that by now.  Enough people have died to give us that right by now, have they not? 

Respecting others is the first start to earning it.  Maybe those boys need a refresher course. 

sandtown resident

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Wow! This article has inspired a lot of comments, but more interestingly, inspired new commenters:

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- freedom12
- The Professor
- buckeyenut73
- Doubt It



Paranoid Illusion

If just one of those 3 jailers would have stepped in, done the right thing, and put a stop to the despicable behavior they were engaging in with a mentally ill individual, they would probably all still be employed there instead of being fired after the investigation (which will happen if for no other reason than damage control and liability). Shame on them. They obviously were not thinking about how their families might feel about all of this when it hit the press!

Woody Hayes


Don't break your arm patting yourself on your back.


 There is a question in my mind why the Fremont police didn't handle this without charging anyone.  She started out being the victim and ending up being charged.  Somewhere along the line she must have felt that she was being wronged.  I think the FPD should have attempted to resolve this without charging  her.  Just my opinion.


So if a mentally ill woman was touching herself in front of you in a parking lot at walmart and you watched (out of shock) for a minute you are a pervert committing a crime. This woman is no victim. Lets remember she was being charged for a crime. You people make her sound like a saint. I still trust my law enforcmenet officers before I trust a criminal with mental issues


When your being attacked by a dangerous person I hope you learn to respect law enforcement agencies instead of defending criminals


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If these guys are corrections officers, I don't think they carry guns in the jail. I may be wrong, but I'm pretty sure they do not carry a firearm. Just in case they're jumped by an inmate that way the inmate doesn't take the gun and have a rampage in the jail.


Freedom12 says "I still trust my law enforcmenet officers before I trust a criminal with mental issues".

Under normal circumstances you would be right! But not here.

I would be slow to trust either these specific officers or this woman, she still is a human being and not a criminal. Yes she was arrested but has not been convicted of anything. Unless our system of laws has changed, she is still innocent and deserves the protection that these officers have sworn to give!

Now as to these officers, my gut tells me that they are far from "normal" police officers! It was their job to protect this woman, regardless of what she had done. John Hinkley shot the President of the US and was mentally deficient and they didn't put him in a cell and suggest that he play with himself.

These officers neglected their duties for self gratification! You want to tell me that they are trustworthy and are good officers? They are guilty of neglecting their sworn duties and should be fired and prosecuted for sexual assault among other things. They should never be in a position of authority again. Specifically they have proven that they are not normal policemen and suffer with judgement issues that keep them from doing their job correctly!!

And anyone who defends them should recheck themselves. If I got myself a bit drunk and some policemen arrested me and threw me into a cell, I would hope that their sense of duty would not have them make lewd and disgusting suggestions to me about what I should be doing or worse yet, having their manly way with me. It sounds to me like anything these animals would choose to do would be OK with you.


DGMutley, Alleged victim and reread the officers arrest report.


SarhTonin, My take is there was no leadership on the shift in question. Now maybe I'm wrong here, but if there is a captain on each shift for the jail where was the captain assigned to the shift? If he was off and they bumped a CO up from on shift to fill the spot and then schedule over and or bring in a CO from another shift to cover the vacancy and say the F.K. (aka Meals) was the CO bumped up to fill the captains vacancy (makes you wonder with his past performance and proffesional issues), they have some issues to address with policy and union contract. I'm still curious about if the Major made a cursory walk through before securing for the day. I know the fun of trying to disciple the bad behavior/poor performers in a union environment. Shame Kyle's trying to add staff and then we read about these theatrics where folks have time to surf the web, hang around playing grab arse and what not. One problem is I bet the Blue shield goes up, I just hope one of those fools makes a wrong comment to the CO who came forward, Hostile work environment charges, intimidation etc would be nice to add.


I am so glad I can go to work and live life without supervision reminding me to always act morally. Once again it has to be someone else's fault.

Julie R.

Once again, these filthy b*stards should be sitting in a jail cell themselves. If they don't get fired over this the people in Sandusky County better start picketing.


 If these people are fired there should be a protest because of the injustice that was done to them by the Sandusky Register. I beleve Law enforcement over a criminal. If you ever need to call the cops or Sandusky County Sheriff I hope you remember the hatred you are posting here. 


Go Julie R. damn straight! Why would these guys not be charged with sexual assault? -- Sarah


These " hard working"," highly respected" guards, should have put her in a restraint chair, cleaned out the cell, and contacted the proper mental health experts.

But no, what fun would that be, they couldn't see her naked, and they wanted to make sure she had both hands available so she could draw a picture of a penis out of ketchup and lick it up.

It would be too much work to mop up her mess, so, let's let her make more of a mess, and we will let the next shift clean it up!

Do you know what this reminds me of? When I would hire a teenager to babysit and I came home and my house would be trashed! I would yell at my kids and they would tell me, "but he dared us to do it", but "he lasughed when we did that". Regardless, I had to pay the babysitter and clean up the mess!!

The problem here is, these guys are not teenagers, babysitting. They are suposed to be trained professionals! Doctors, nurses and orderlies see naked patients of all shapes and sizes, and they don't get giddy and create a "frenzy" of excitement.

I can't wait to see the cell phone records, and the transcripts from all their text messages, from when they were "working so hard". You know these guys had to be bragging to their buddies about babysitting a naked inmate! Judging from the personal files,I would not be surprised if  they took pics on their cell phones, too.


 Sexual abuse according to most people is the touching of other people. NOT 1 oF THESE MEN TOUCHED THAT WOMAN This is not sexual abuse. They did not tell her to touch herself. Besides I want to know if this woman has been diganosed with a mental disorder or are we just taking her word. This woman is a criminal plain and simple and I support Law enforcement


Sexual Assualt is when you force somebody to have sexual intercourse. This is not sexual assualt and THEY SHOULD BE CHARGED FOR NOTHING This woman was not touched by any of them. 


freedom12, you might need to educate your self on sexual assault. I will make it easier on you!



Sexual assault takes many forms including attacks such as rape or attempted rape, as well as any unwanted sexual contact or threats. Usually a sexual assault occurs when someone touches any part of another person's body in a sexual way, even through clothes, without that person's consent. Some types of sexual acts which fall under the category of sexual assault include forced sexual intercourse (rape), sodomy (oral or anal sexual acts), child molestation, incest, fondling and attempted rape. Sexual assault in any form is often a devastating crime. Assailants can be strangers, acquaintances, friends, or family members. Assailants commit sexual assault by way of violence, threats, coercion, manipulation, pressure or tricks. Whatever the circumstances, no one asks or deserves to be sexually assaulted.

The law generally assumes that a person does not consent to sexual conduct if he or she is forced, threatened or is unconscious, drugged, a minor, developmentally disabled, chronically mentally ill, or believe they are undergoing a medical procedure. Some examples of sexual assault include:

Someone putting their finger, tongue, mouth, penis or an object in or on your vagina, penis or anus when you don't want them to; Someone touching, fondling, kissing or making any unwanted contact with your body; Someone forcing you to perform oral sex or forcing you to receive oral sex; Someone forcing you to masturbate, forcing you to masturbate them, or fondling and touching you; Someone forcing you to look at sexually explicit material or forcing you to pose for sexually explicit pictures; and A doctor, nurse, or other health care professional giving you an unnecessary internal examination or touching your sexual organs in an unprofessional, unwarranted and inappropriate manner.   Conduct of a sexual or indecent nature toward another person that is accompanied by actual or threatened physical force or that induces fear, shame, or mental suffering.
What the . . .

I am an avid supporter of law enforcement, but I also believe that law enforcement officers should be held to a higher standard of conduct because of the position of trust and responsibility that they hold and should be appropriately disciplined or punished for a breach of that trust.  On first blush, it does not appear that all of the officers in this case lived up to that standard of conduct, and if so, appropriate action should be taken.  However, I still don't understand the problem the Sandusky Register has with objectively reporting news involving law enforcement.   For example, the Register's headline in this case reads: "SANDUSKY COUNTY JAIL GUARDS SEXUALLY EXPLOITED NAKED WOMAN," while the Fremont News-Messenger headline reads: "INMATE SAYS DEPUTY ENCOURAGED SEX ACTS."   Now you tell me which publication looks more like a "news" publication reporting the facts objectively, and which is more like a supermarket tabloid with sensationalistic headlines and reporting. 

Objectivity is a significant principle of journalistic professionalism.  Journalistic objectivity can refer to fairness, disinterestedness, factuality, and nonpartisanship, but most often encompasses all of these qualities.


 FYI, Read the reports this criminal was not forced to masterbate. She did on her own free will. You people always choose to defend criminals which makes me sick.