By Ashley Silver
LANCASTER, Ohio — Three Fairfield County Sheriff’s Workplace workers are now not with the company after safety video surfaced displaying the officers partaking in wrestling matches with inmates.
The Lancaster Eagle Gazette reported corrections officers Kyle Archibald and Landon Talbott and Deputy Shawn Pettit organized matches with a number of inmates. In accordance with Fairfield County Sheriff Alex Lape, the matches had been “purely consensual,” with the inmates and officers shaking fingers following the matches. Nevertheless, it took a fellow corrections officer a number of days to report it.
“We did not turn into conscious of it for 5 days,” Sheriff Lape instructed the Lancaster Eagle Gazette. “One of many different workers waited 5 days after which went to her supervisor and reported it. At that exact time when supervision grew to become conscious we positioned the three on administrative depart.”
The sheriff instructed the Gazette he believes that is the one prevalence of one of these occasion, whereas admonishing the actions of the officers and labeling the whole incident embarrassing.
“That is ridiculous,” the sheriff stated. “It is unacceptable conduct and it will not be tolerated. The folks of the county elected me to handle their jail and I am going to try this to the most effective of my capacity. I am sure that they’d not approve of this sort of stuff. It tarnishes the repute of all of the women and men of the sheriff’s workplace which can be doing this job for the appropriate causes.”
The sheriff contacted the county prosecutor’s workplace to help in investigating the matter, however the workplace declined to pursue prison expenses after interviewing the three officers concerned. After an inner investigation by the sheriff’s division, Deputy Pettit was fired and the 2 corrections officers resigned. The corrections officer who did not report the incident for 5 days was given a 10-day suspension.