December 15, 2010
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Jefferson County – Jefferson Correctional Officer Captain David Pate, Sgt. Robert Hall and Officer Waymond Pugh were arrested Wednesday, on felony charges of official misconduct and battery upon a detainee after allegedly enticing an inmate to assault another prisoner for favorable treatment by these correctional officers at Jefferson Correctional Institution. The Department of Corrections Inspector Generals Office arrested Hall and Pugh. Pate turned himself in on a Department of Corrections warrant.
The Department’s Inspector General’s Office began the investigation in November after receiving an anonymous call into the IG “Tips” Line. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement assisted in the investigation.
“I’m pleased that the “Tips” line we have in place brought this incident to light, and I encourage others to use this anonymous reporting mechanism to relate criminal or fraudulent activity to prison authorities,” said the Department of Corrections’ Inspector General Gene Hatcher.
The “TIPS” line can be accessed from inmate phones within all Department facilities by dialing *8477 (TIPS), or by those outside prison walls by dialing toll-free 1-866-246-4412. Calls are monitored daily by the Department's Office of the Inspector General.
Pate, Hall and Pugh are being immediately terminated and we are working with The Office of the State Attorney to ensure they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
This incident remains under investigation by the Florida Department of Corrections, Office of Inspector General. For more information contact the Office of Public Affairs at (850) 488-0420.