Former jail guard guilty of assaulting inmate
— A former Cecil County Detention Center correctional officer who stood accused of assaulting a female inmate inside of her cell is facing up to 10 years in prison after accepting a plea deal.
The defendant, Britany Gibson, 20, of the unit block of Wells Camp Road near North East, pleaded guilty to seconddegree assault Monday during a Cecil County Circuit Court hearing, as part of a plea deal negotiated by Assistant State’s Attorney Kevin B. Urick and Gibson’s defense lawyer, William F. Riddle.
In exchange for her guilty plea, prosecutors dropped a related charge of misconduct in office.
Retired Visiting Judge J. Owen Wise accepted Gibson’s guilty plea and then ordered a pre- sentencing investigation.
As of Tuesday night, a sentencing date had not been set for Gibson, who remains free. Gibson was not arrested in the case but, rather, was issued a criminal summons.
After the April 13 incident, Lt. Michael Holmes, a Cecil County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, reported that Gibson had assaulted a female inmate “with her hands” inside her cell at the county jail at 500 Landing Lane near Elkton.
The inmate suffered minor injuries, which were treated by medical staff at the jail, according to Holmes.
CCSO detectives conducted a criminal investigation after the incident was reported to the agency, Holmes said. 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, he added. ( CCSO oversees county jail operations.)
After reviewing the case, the CCSAO filed the second- degree assault and misconduct in office charges against Gibson by way of an “information” document on May 12, according to Holmes.
At the time, Holmes reported that Gibson no longer worked at the detention center. However, he wasn’t at liber ty to discuss Gibson’s employment record because it was considered a personnel matter.
Holmes also reported that the agency’s age requirement for a correctional officer position is 18. Gibson turns 21 next month, according to court records.
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 at the time. The standard police academy for deputies lasts six months.