Abuse, Corruption, Cover-Up At Fayette County Jail

By: Sherelle Roberts Email
By: Sherelle Roberts Email

Five officers with the Fayette County Detention Center were indicted Thursday on charges that they abused inmates there and conspired to cover it up.

Those named in the federal indictment are corrections officers John McQueen, Sgt. Anthony Estep, officer Clarence McCoy, former corrections officer Scott Tyree and Lt. Kristen Lafoe.

All three worked third shift in the intake unit where inmates are booked and processed.

Jail officials are not commenting about the situation, but Mayor Jim Newberry released a statement. He said, "While the alleged violations occurred in 2006, prior to our administration taking office, we have over the past 17 months proactively implemented various measures to help ensure a safe and secure facility for both our employees and the inmates. In 2007, we installed video cameras in the intake area, one site of alleged criminal activity, and have completely restructured staff in intake."

All of the jail officers have been suspended with pay.

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  • by Common Criminals Location: Talk Smack on Jun 15, 2008 at 05:33 PM
    Don't forget to go see your probation/parole officer Monday Bart.
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Jun 15, 2008 at 08:41 AM
    PART 2: blood and saliva. This guy was also positive for Hep C. Was that officer suppose to pat him on the back and thank him for that? What would you all do ( Sandy, Bart, Bill and the rest of the negative folks on here). Luckily the officer never contracted anything and yes I know the officer. So again, if you do not like jail or the police then quit committing offenses that would make you see and or pay them a visit and also keep your opinions to yourself unless you have walked in the shoes as an officer.
  • by John Location: Frankfort on Jun 15, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    All of the negative folks on here do not know what they are talking about. If you have not worked in a jail setting or on the streets then leave your 2 cents out of the discussion. Inmates live better in jail than most leaving comments on this board. Jail officers have no protection from the court system as they are not looked upon as the police or any other LEO. I know this as I worked at one and still have several friends that do.They can spit on you, bust you up side of the head or even worse throw urine or feces on you and at best get solitary confinement for 30 days and that is it. Be dang if you criminally charge an inmate for anything as the court system usually will not proceed with any type of charges against the inmate. They have more rights than the officers that work there. I know of one instance at a Central Kentucky Jail where the local police brought in a guy that was in a fight and had gotten his mouth mashed pretty good. He spit in the face of one of the officers.......
  • by me Location: lexington on Jun 15, 2008 at 07:16 AM
    The administration is constantly making changes that do not work. They like to mess with people who do not bow to them. I know alot of officers that are so close to retirement that just get sick thinking about having to go to work because they do not know what is going to be next. I have several friends that would like to leave but can not because they are within a months of retirement. There is alot of confusion and inconsistencies in the jail that need to be addressed. There are those within the clique that get to run crazy and then the ones who are not in the little group get worked to death and treated like crap. Admin are nothing but a bunch of bullies who get their rocks off on abusing the employees. When Ray Sabatini was there I do not ever remember this kind of turmoil. For the 5 who were indicted. Time will tell. Mayor Newbie do something about admin and the rest will fall into place. If leadership sux then the institution is worthless.
  • by me Location: lexington on Jun 15, 2008 at 07:05 AM
    I have friends and family members that work out at FCDC and they are respectable and caring people. To sit and judge everyone in law enforcement because of 5 rotten apples is not right. I am sure there are more people out there that need to be put in their place or removed completely but that is something that administration needs to be handling. I feel that Admin needs to spend more time on the floors and less time in the office. Why does someone in admin have his own business going within the jail. I do not feel that someone who works there should be able to set up a machine to charge inmates to bond out via internet and then place a 10% fee on that service. Why should Ron Bishop be allowed to drive a government car home every night to Louisville. Do not police officers have to live within city limits to take a cruiser home. What makes Ron Bishop so special. The jail is running crazy because there is no leadership that is worth anything. They are constantly making changes
  • by Carl Location: Pikeville on Jun 15, 2008 at 05:11 AM
    Strave them, enslave them, abuse them.Sounds a lot like the same democrats we had durring the Civil War.Its the old " no ones worth a dam but me" bao. Democrat.
  • by Anonymous Location: Lexington on Jun 14, 2008 at 02:36 PM
    I'm giving the officers the benefit of the doubt. All it takes is an over-zealous US Attorney to talk a grand jury into indicting someone, it takes no evidence whatsoever to get an indictment. You don't get to defend yourself, the prosecutor just gets the accuser (aka the criminals who don't like the jail staff) to testify that they were beaten or whatever, then the grand jury returns an indictment. Anytime there are public officials involved it is MUCH easier to get a grand jury to return that indictment, partly because people like most of you on here who are just chomping at the bit to see them executed or thrown under a truck for what they were accused to have done. People like you would easily return an indictment without much proof just because you hate those who enforce the law. But the trial, that's going to be MUCH more difficult for them to prove that these things did, in fact, happen. So I'm with the "innocent until PROVEN guilty" clause in our justice system.
  • by John Location: Lancaster on Jun 14, 2008 at 11:34 AM
    Well listen to the amatuers, I know 90% of the Officers at the FCDC and they treat the Inmate's with respect, The other 10% I dont know about. Look if you have never done the job before and dont know what they have to put up with then you need to shut your piehole. I know everyone has opinions, But when it comes to a job you have never done before and never experienced then you have an opinion but not facts. Leave the Officer's alone and let them do their jobs. They like to go home everyday to their family's unhurt like everyone else(Police, Fire,Ect). When the Mayor was running for Mayor he told FCDC employees that they would be treated like Law enforcement Officer's with the proper rate of pay and hiring more Officer's to cut down on overtime, But when he was elected into office he tried to get the sheriff's dept to take it over. That was a slap in the face for the FCDC Officer's, Kind of like saying I am now the Mayor and I lied to you while running for Office to get your votes...
  • by Sandy on Jun 14, 2008 at 04:51 AM
    Our jails are unfit for humans.Most seem to be run by perverts,that get off on hurting people.you are a lot safer with inmates and crooks then cops& officails.
  • by Bart Location: Harrodsburg on Jun 14, 2008 at 02:06 AM
    If you ever want to see the scum of the earth all you have to do is sit outside any jail... while the guards are changing shift!!


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