For­mer county de­ten­tion cen­ter of­fi­cer charged with in­mate as­sault

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.

ELKTON

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

Correction

A story on A11 of the May 13 edi­tion re­gard­ing a can­di­date pro­file about Chris Zeauskas in­cor­rectly re­ported he owns and op­er­ates Prime Col­ors Inc. Zeauskas owns and op­er­ates Pre­mier Col­ors Inc.

A cap­tion for an A1 story months.) As of Tues­day af­ter­noon, Holmes did not know how long Gib­son had worked as a cor­rec­tional of­fi­cer.

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.

We re­gret these er­rors.

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