Saturday, December 7, 2013

TN - Former Rutherford County jailer (Drew Gammon) charged on 6 counts of aggravated statutory rape

Drew Gammon
Drew Gammon
Original Article

12/05/2013

By Michelle Willard

MURFREESBORO - A Murfreesboro man turned himself in this morning after an indictment on six counts of aggravated statutory rape, according to Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lisa Marchesoni.

Drew Gammon, 28, of Meadow Court was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center Thursday morning, Marchesoni said.

Gammon, a former employee of the Sheriff's Office, is the son of RCSO Deputy Chief _____. His job as jailer at the Rutherford County Detention Center was terminated in 2012, Marchesoni added. However, she did not have details available on that firing.

Drew Gammon was released on $25,000 bond.

In 2009 while still employed with the Sheriff’s Office, Drew Gammon was accused of breaking the windshield of a friend’s vehicle while he was intoxicated, according to a Daily News Journal report. He was not charged in the incident.

_____ declined comment on the charges this afternoon. No more information was available.


CO - Ex-DOC officer’s (Ricardo Lee Fortson) bail stays at $6K

Ricardo Lee Fortson
Ricardo Lee Fortson
Original Article

12/06/2013

By TRACY HARMON

CANON CITY - A former Department of Corrections officer will remain free on bail in connection with a felony sexual assault on a child case after a prosecutor’s attempt to get a bail increase failed Tuesday.

Ricardo Lee Fortson, 41, is charged with sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse and sexual assault on a child after a 14-year-old girl reported an alleged rape Aug. 6.

Deputy District Attorney Stacey Turner sought to increase bail to $50,000 from $6,000 because Fortson faces more serious charges than initially were anticipated. Turner also indicated Fortson could be a flight risk based on the fact that he was in Florida for two months after his initial police interview, did not show up to work and did not keep in contact with family.

Defense Attorney Alvin Gentry of Colorado Springs said the bail should remain as it is because Fortson, “Is here now.”

District Court Judge Patrick Murphy agreed and denied the increase in bail on condition that Fortson surrender his passport and sign a waiver of extradition.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the victim underwent an examination with a sex assault nurse examiner. Serological samples taken from the victim’s underwear enabled investigators to develop a partial profile which matched the profile supplied by Fortson.

Fortson is slated to return to court for a preliminary hearing Jan. 16.


AZ - Sexual abuse not reported at ICE facilities, report says

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Original Article

12/06/2013

By Jason Barry

PHOENIX (CBS5) - Allegations of sexual abuse and assault went unreported and uninvestigated inside U.S. immigration detention centers, according to a report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

The report states that federal immigration officials need to do a better job tracking and investigating allegations of sexual abuse at immigration detention facilities around the country.

Allesandra Soler is Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona.

"The report is definitely troublesome," said Soler. "It indicates that the government is certainly not doing everything it can and should be doing to prevent these types of sexual assaults from being investigated and ultimately prevented."

According to the GAO report, from October 2009 to March 2013, 28 allegations of sexual abuse by detainees were not reported to ICE headquarters.

The allegations came from 10 facilities across the country.

An ICE spokesperson released this statement:

"U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is deeply committed to eliminating sexual abuse in immigration detention; our zero-tolerance policy is a key part of immigration detention reform, which has been and continues to be an agency priority. ICE has reviewed the findings of the GAO report and, in the time between the initiating of the report and its release, has already implemented a number of steps to further address issues raised by this report.

Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) anticipates that the final Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) rule will be finalized in the very near future. The DHS PREA regulations will also build on substantial safeguards against sexual assault already in place at ICE detention facilities, including detailed provisions regarding sexual assault prevention in the Performance Based National Detention Standards and an ICE directive released in May of 2012 that strengthened ICE policies with respect to responding to and investigating allegations.

In recent years, ICE has taken significant steps to prevent, detect, and respond to sexual abuse in detention facilities. In fact, the time period covered by the GAO report predates the adoption of many of the preventative measures ICE put in place to safeguard against sexual assault within our detention system. These measures include issuing the agency-wide directive on sexual abuse and assault prevention and intervention in May 2012, strengthening the safeguards against sexual abuse and assault of detainees in ICE's detention standards; hiring a full-time sexual assault prevention coordinator; providing comprehensive sexual abuse and assault prevention and intervention training for ICE employees who have contact with detainees; creating an inter-agency working group on sexual abuse in detention and the September 2012 creation of the community and detainee help line."