Sandusky County jailers fired for engaging in sexual misconduct

Two correctional officers accused of sexually exploiting a mentally ill female inmate were fired Tuesday from the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office.
Sandusky Register Staff
Feb 21, 2012

Two correctional officers accused of sexually exploiting a mentally ill female inmate were fired Tuesday from the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office.

A third correctional officer involved in the incident resigned, Sheriff Kyle Overmyer said.

The departures follow disciplinary hearing results released Tuesday that indicate supervisor Franklin Kaiser and corrections officer Charlie Pump engaged in sexual misconduct and failed to follow proper procedure for a mentally ill inmate.

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Kaiser, Pump, and Josh Smith were placed on paid administrative leave Jan. 11 after another supervisor reported the incident to the sheriff.

The three men were working the afternoon shift Jan. 10 when a female inmate began acting out. She was placed in a cell by herself on suicide watch after she threatened to kill herself, according to investigative documents.

While in her cell the 21-year-old woman tried to flush her paper gown down the toilet, flooding her cell. She was then left naked for the next six hours with only a toilet water soaked blanket to cover herself.

Kaiser, Pump and Smith were accused of various workplace violations, including encouraging the schizophrenic woman to masturbate and otherwise act out sexually throughout the six hours.

Kaiser also denied a female deputy's request to provide the naked inmate with a new gown. It wasn't until just before a night shift supervisor arrived that the woman was given a gown to cover herself.

Overmyer fired Kaiser and Pump on Tuesday afternoon.

Smith, who was a probationary employee not entitled to a fact-finding hearing, resigned.

Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Register for more on this developing story.

Comments

donutshopguy

 Anything less than firing would have had the county citizens in arms.

har75ly1

Hey Kaiser  Smith and Pump....Do you have a wife or a daughter?? I hope no one ever treats them the way you treated this female....All Three of you  make me sick and you  should be ashamed of yourselves.. Looks like your not making Father or man of the year...

Reva

 As it should be.  I hope she and her family sue!

toocuteforyou1234

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Blacktigress

"""Kaiser also denied a female deputy's request to provide the naked inmate with a new gown. It wasn't until just before a night shift supervisor arrived that the woman was given a gown to cover herself.""

 

WHY didn't this female deputy call the supervisor at home and tell him/her to get their butts down to the station NOW!  ????  She and all those who were there knowing what was going on should be fired too. Since when is ANY police officer suppose to stand around and watch a crime and when a supervisor comes in tell them about it?  That female officer and all others knowing about it should have arrested those three punks.

BTW, the union will get their job back..

 

Good 2 B Me

Hmmm...bet they get their jobs back?

This might have to do a little bit with Senate Bill 5. The entitlement that comes with these types of jobs.

Oh wait...the voters repealed that bill...

badsuzee

 i think what they did was disgusting.  a bunch of grown men watching her do that.  and alot of cops wonder why citizens dont have any faith in LE anymore.  they talk about SPD and all the wrong doings.  well it looks like sandusky isnt the only place.

toocuteforyou1234

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toocuteforyou1234

the police were wrong however this individual needs to be investigated as well!! consider the victim it needs investigated!!

kURTje

The same Kaiser who's father had Kaiser sound?

abcdefg12345

No, that is Kiser sound.

SimpleEnough

kURTje, No I don't believe so.

abcdefg12345

toocuteforyou

Why would the victim be investigated? There are way to many witnesses that actually seen and heard what was going on. The victim needs to be protected and needs to take care of her mental health not investigated. If you know anything about people in hypermania you would know that when she comes down she may not even remember all the details of what happened and I pray that she doesn't.

Blacktigress

"Two correctional officers accused of sexually exploiting a mentally ill female inmate were fired Tuesday from the Sandusky County Sheriff's Office."

"schizophrenic woman "

 

What is there to investigate? Shes apparently needs medical help, not a group of cops chanting her on.

CatsAreTheBest

 The only thing that I am going to say right now is that I think that it is terrible that the Register keeps taking down the comments about the victim because of personal attacks against her.  That is ridiculous.  They let up all the comments attacking the deputies up but takes down the ones that are actualy enlightening the public about the victim.  The public has the right to know both sides of the stories.

DickTracey

Wait a minute, I am confused, I thought when all the facts came out that the Three Stooges were going to be innocentt?

 

@CatsAreTheBest  We know both sides of the story, these guys had two seperate investigations,(most of us non union would not even get one) and were interviewed and allowed written statements, as to their "side of the story".

It is irrelevant how the victim behaved before she was in jail, how she dressed, where she worked or who she slept with.

Your attempt at defending the Three Stooges by laying blame on the victim, is like saying someone deserved to get raped because she was wearing a short skirt.

That caveman thinking, pig mentality is what got these three fired.

 

This is far from over, I am anxiously awaiting the transcripts from the text messages, they sent while "working".

 

buckeyeraider64

thank u mr overmyer for getting rid of those idiots! with all there past trouble with corrections they have no business being there now after what they did. i hope the union does not side with them. them are not the kind of people that we want in law enforcement! then they wonder why some inmates act out on guards!  send them to prison to general population and see how they like it!

 

wiredmama222

well, one resigned and the others are fired. It seems to me that with the one of these guys RESIGNING....that is an admission of wrong doing and the other two obviously have been found to do wrong. 

Shame on all three for antagonizing a woman who was not in her right mind and could not defend herself.  Shame on them for not being more civilized and upstanding. 

HER previous actions have no merit here, none at all.  Their actions, however do. 

We hold our police to a higher standard than we would a group of "street thugs" but that is how these guys behaved and they got what they deserved.  They got fired and they got ridiculed by the public to which they served.  They should hold their heads in shame. 

You do not harass and ridicule ANYONE, let alone someone who is not in their right mind and for a man to do so to a woman in a sexual way, especially when he is in a position of authority makes it equally as bad.

I am glad their superiors saw it for what it was and did the right thing.  I hope she is ok and that she will not suffer any PERMANENT damage from what was obviously a humiliating experience at the hands of three vicious men who should have known better. 

wiredmama222

to catsarebest:  and what side of the story would that be??   What possible side of the story are we missing?

Her previous actions mean abolutely nothing.  It is about as important to anything as a screen door in a submarine would be.  she did nothing but get arrested. 

The sides of this story began AFTER The arrest and begins THERE.  Do you want to go back further than that?  Why????  It has no relevance. Where these three cops involved with her before that?  If so, THEN that would be relevant, but if they were not then it has nothing to do with her and what happened in that jail. 

While your support of them is touching, it is misplaced and frankly, embarrassing.  I will take a bet that you  are female.  Would you want to be treated in the manner in which these men treated her?  If you had a mental disability such as she, would you want that disabilty subjected to ridicule by these vicious men? 

I think not.  You should think about that before defending them further.  One has resigned, probably because he realized his own guilt and did not want to be dismissed, the other two were fired for sexual cause....something that will follow on every application from here out. They deserve that. 

CatsAreTheBest

 Weird Wired Old Mamma you are missing the deputies side.  You have read the report that contains only the information the county wants you to know.  You have a report that groups all three individuals together so you do not know what activities each of the deputies participated in that night.  I agree with you what the woman did outside of the jail has nothing to do with the night in question.  You keep on bringing up the fact that she had a mental illnes but were is the proof.  I can say that you have a mental illnes but I have to proof to back it up  so therefore it is probably not true.  I will believe she had a mental illness when the information that proves it becomes public information. And no I will not be treated like that because one thing I have never been in jail and never will be in jail because I am a law abiding citizen.  And if for some reason I do end up there I can tell you one thing I will not be pleasuring myself there like the victim was I can guarantee you that.  She is the one that started to do it to herself that got this whole thing started.   Don't ever tell me what to do.  I will defend them as long as I want to.  As you might know I have the right to freedom of speech and I choose to enact that right.  The only thing that I find to be embarrassing are your comments.  And nobody knows the reason why the deputy resigned either so unless you are that deputy do not go making speculations either okay.  Nobody will know the reason either until you hear his side of the story which nobody has yet. 

wiredmama222

toocuteforyou.....you have to be kidding???? 

crazyrick

Sooooooooo whats the charge's for these 3 fine young public employee men ? Or will there union stick up for them LOL

Julie R.

These filthy idiots got exactly what they deserved! 

EZOB

  Two things:

1)  How many public employees will support their Brothers?

2)  If half what has been uncovered is true the firings are more than justified.  I question???  This being done to a woman, how have people been treated in the past by these three individuals.  Common Sense would point towards more than a one time occurance.  Not saying that it was sexual or disrespecting a woman but you can be assured these were bad examples of LE.  I'll defend Erie County--- Anything even questioning the treatment of an immate and it would be taken carw of immediately.  I know we have had two deaths in the jail but they can't help illegal or abusive drug use.  You can also blame the people that immediately after they are arrested they demad medical attention to keep from being behind bars.  I could state if you are so worried about your medical condition, don't get arrested, go seek medical help on your own.  If I were sick, I'd get to a medical facility and not depend on a policeman to get me there, I have almost the same medical experience as them.

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joshua206

Beyond Horrible!

 

This type of systematic abuse of power by the SCSO has to be stopped. I applaud the Sheriff for firing these two.

 

 Why has there not been criminal charges filed?

 

I guess the SCSO is going to wait for the DOJ to step in.

kURTje

thk U abc123

FruGalSpender

"The only thing that I am going to say right now is that I think that it is terrible that the Register keeps taking down the comments about the victim because of personal attacks against her. That is ridiculous. They let up all the comments attacking the deputies up but takes down the ones that are actualy enlightening the public about the victim. The public has the right to know both sides of the stories."   they let up all of the comments attacking the deputies?  you lie catsarethebest.  look here at all of my comments that were deleted. http://www.sanduskyregister.com/fremont/crime/sandusky-county-jail-guard-pending-suit-inmates-2007-death?similar   see that photo that the register published of meals69?  i used that photo to search google images and found meals69 bodybuilding web page. meals69 had his photos posted there. i didn't hack into his account. meals69 had those photos for all to see. it was public information since the public could access his infromation. i posted the web page and a few photos from meal69 web page. then i went back to google images and found some images of a very angry man and posted them also. they were not images of meals69 but of somebody who resembled meals69. look at all of my comments that were deleted. all of my information and photos of meals69 came from the very web pages that meals69 posted for all to see on the public internet and from photo shop. public internet. how did the register get that big face photo of meals69? from meals69 bodybuilding web page, the same web page that i used.

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how could my comments be a personal attack when i posted a photo of somebody that resembled meals69? i got the photo here and i was only joking around that meals69 was mad. look down to the second row of photos and the fourth one in the second row. that was the photo that i posted and the register removed both of my photos for personal attacks. http://www.google.com/search?q=angry+man&hl=en&prmd=imvns&source=lnms&tbm=isch&ei=8PNET_TYFcfliAKiuvytDg&sa=X&oi=mode_link&ct=mode&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CBUQ_AUoAQ&biw=983&bih=607

my other comments were also deleted for various reasons. all from the public information from the meals69 body building web page. i didn't publish his email address or phone number and i certainly didn't go to meals69 facebook account.

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Moderators have removed this comment because it contained profanity.  how can boxer shorts be profane? meals69 posted photos of himself in his bathroom wearing nothing but boxer shorts for all to see.

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained personal information   i posted the web page that meals69 had up for all to see, public information. i didn't post anything that was private such as a email address or phone number.

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained personal information.

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Moderators have removed this comment because it contained libelous or defamatory statements.   how can information that meals69 himself posted on his web page be considered libelous and defamatory. meals69 libeled and defamed himself for posting that information on his own web page for all to see.

the above deletions were mine and i used the same web page that the register used for meals69 close up photo. the register is therefor guilty for the same reasons that my comments were deleted. look at all of the other deletions of others that the register removed. "They let up all the comments attacking the deputies up but takes down the ones that are actualy enlightening the public about the victim." you lie catsarethebest because the register removed many comments that pertained to meals69 and the other two. i need to stop reading the register online. the stories only get me all emotional and mad which causes me to vent by posting comments here. the register posts these stories to get people all emotional and angry and then wonder why people post comments that will get deleted.

Texx Reloader

On the surface of things it might seem as if justice is done, and it may have been. I certainly don't condone the alleged behavior of these individuals. However, if one knows the political structure of Sandusky County, it is easy to imagin people becoming the subject of a "witch-hunt" due to crossing a favored person. Letting someone in the county investigate these people might be legally acceptable, but it is a far cry from doing something which is truly worthy of merit. There are too many chances of misuse of power in this method. The problems with this county have been many and frequent over the years. We had the Commissioners fighting like school boys over office space, a deputy making the civil fund his own personal bank account, deputies shooting and killing a suspect in questionable circumstances, a female jailer engaging in sexual conduct with a male prisioner, and many different special audits by the state of various departments of the county. Each and every time some scheme is hatched to deal with negative public opinion. One has to even wonder if people are given a fair hearing, or just thrown to the wolves of public opinion. Reports can be written however the "investigator" chooses to write them, and there is no outstide control of a "disinterested" party. So it costs more. So what? They can spend money on bulidings no one needs and cut the maitenance of these buildings to ridiculously low levels, run a purchasing program that caters more to friends of the family than respect of public funds, etc. However, when it comes to justice, fairness, and doing things right, they are so very poor. What a load of manure. That these problems keep continuing points to a deeper problem with the county. It is an organizational culture problem driven from the top. A group of self-serving technocrats who don't have the ability, intelligence, or talent to make it in the private world of business, or even in the public world, so they must maintain their positions through dishonesty, back-stabbing, and ruthlessness. How many people have to be fired before folks catch on? These people have cynically and shrewdly calculated the state is far to busy with problems in larger cities and counties to give them a serious look. Just as a criminal understand right werre the line is between a misdemeanor and a felony, and exactly how busy the cops are at any given time, these people are running roughshod over anyone and anything which questions their rule and their personal feifdoms. They feel untouchable particularly with a newspaper which is as close to the State Paper as you will find in a non-communist country. The citizens have seen through the Fremont Mayors crowd, and tossed them out. It is high time to do so with the county officials as well.

FruGalSpender

photo of angry man that the register deleted. it was not a photo of meals69. i found the photo on google images.

lugnut2511

 I totally agree with the outcome. f the union even touches this, it's my belief they will making a very bad name for themselvse.

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