Former county detention center officer charged with inmate assault
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— A former correctional officer at the Cecil County Detention Center is facing criminal charges after she allegedly assaulted a female inmate inside of her cell last month, police reported Monday.
The suspect, Britany Gibson, 20, of the unit block of Wells Camp Road near North East, is charged with second- degree assault and misconduct in office, according to Cecil County District Court records, which indicate that Gibson was not arrested but, instead, issued a criminal summons on May 12.
Gibson stands accused of assaulting a female inmate “with her hands” inside her cell on April 13 at the county jail at 500 Landing Lane near Elkton, reported Lt. Michael Holmes, a spokesman with the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the detention center operation.
The inmate suffered minor injuries, which were treated by medical staff at the jail, according to Holmes.
Holmes declined to provide additional details about the incident to avoid compromising Gibson’s trial, which is set for June 21, court records show.
Gibson no longer works at the detention center, according to Holmes, who wasn’t at liberty to discuss her employment record because it is considered a personnel matter.
When asked about Gibson’s age, which is under 21, Holmes reported that the agency’s age requirement for a correctional officer position is 18. Before working in the jail, CCDC correctional officers must graduate from a modified version of a police academy, which provides “several weeks of formal training” that relates to correctional officer work, Holmes explained. (The standard police academy for deputies lasts six
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CCSO detectives conducted a criminal investigation after the incident was reported to the agency, police reported. The detectives submitted their reports to the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office, which had to determine if charges against Gibson would be warranted, police said.
After reviewing the case, the CCSAO filed the second-degree assault and misconduct in office charges against Gibson by way of an “information” document, police added. An information paper looks similar to an indictment, which provides only basic information, including the charges and when and where the alleged incident occurred.
Court records list Deputy State’s Attorney Steven L. Trostle as the prosecutor assigned to Gibson’s criminal case. on the Police Unity Tour in the May 11 issue incorrectly identified one of the ladder trucks pictured. Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Co. of Newark, Del., provided and manned one of those trucks.
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