For­mer jail guard guilty of as­sault­ing in­mate

Cecil Whig - - & - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ELK­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

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