By Adam S. Sulfridge / Staff Writer
A Whitley County grand jury chose not to indict Cecil Powers Jr., a deputy jailer at the Whitley County Detention Center who was accused of assaulting an inmate on or around the third of July.
William “Paco” Young, 32, of Williamsburg, filed a complaint in August in U.S. District Court against Jailer Ken Mobley, Powers, and other jail employees. He alleged that Powers assaulted him and also claimed the jail’s head nurse, Melinda Moses, did not provide him medical attention after he contracted MRSA.
In his handwritten complaint, Young said he was laughing about a joke when Powers yelled at him and slapped him on the head. Young wrote that Powers then “pushed me down and stepped on my left shoulder.” After the incident, Young claimed Powers came back to “threaten” and “demean” him.
The grand jury heard statements from both Powers and Young during its meeting last Monday, and on Monday they chose not to indict Powers for fourth-degree assault.
“We’re just pleased with their decision,” Mobley said.
After the complaint was filed, Powers was placed on unpaid administrative leave. Mobley said he will meet with Commonwealth’s Attorney Allen Trimble for further discussion before he decides whether to reinstate Powers.
“I just want to make sure the grand jury isn’t going to take it up again,” Mobley explained.
Young was indicted July 13 on charges of first-degree burglary, fourth-degree assault, kidnapping, first-degree sexual abuse and criminal attempt to commit murder. Young had been arrested after a Whitley County sheriff’s deputy stopped Young’s vehicle to find a beaten woman who was doused in gasoline in the passenger seat. The woman claimed Young tried to rape her, poured gasoline on her and then threatened to kill her.
The grand jury handed down the following indictments Monday:
• Indicted together were Tonya Thacker, Dorothy McCulley, Kathy Steely, Stephanie Anderson, Dean Steely, Dallas Thacker, Rusty Surgener, Travis Thacker, and Pam Lawson for criminal syndicate, theft of a prescription blank, trafficking in a prescription blank, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, criminal complicity to obtain a controlled substance by fraud, and first-degree criminal complicity to traffic in a controlled substance.
• Cathy Wilson for manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, and first-degree wanton endangerment.
• Rachelle Adkins and David T. Bunch for first-degree criminal abuse stemming from arrests in July after neighbors contacted social services about possible abuse. Police removed Adkins’ two children from the home, who were ages three and five.
• Clifford Lee Smith for receiving stolen property (gun), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, and second-degree persistent felony offender.
• John Charles Reed for theft by unlawful taking over $500 but less than $10,000.
• Robert Rains for first-degree fleeing or evading police, tampering with physical evidence, and first-degree wanton endangerment.
• Carol Smith and Johnny Roundtree for first-degree assault, and first-degree criminal complicity to commit assault.
• Richard D. Coleman for first-degree criminal abuse and first-degree persistent felony offender.
• Jason Harmon for second-degree escape and second-degree persistent felony offender stemming from his escape from the Whitley County Detention Center on August 22.
• Saul Gurrola Ramirez for first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.
• Daniel P. Baird for fourth offense operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
• Jack E. Collett for third-degree assault and fourth-degree assault.
• Frankie Irwin, Bobby Baird, Richard Taylor, Michael Lebanion, Joseph Stone, Gary Hubbs, John Lawson, Jason Sparks, Robert Morgan, Brian Yount, Calvin Ellis, William Davis, Terry Holt, Christopher Hall, Rhonda G. Veach, Scott Johnson, Charles Gray, Robert N. Masters, Johnny Johnson, Cynthia Knight, Jolene Bell, and Derrick W. Landry were all indicted on charges of flagrant non-support.
By Adam S. Sulfridge / Staff Writer
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