Saturday, May 24, 2003

Trial July 18 in claim of assault at Grant Co. jail


Pendleton County man filed suit

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

WILLIAMSTOWN - A judge has set a July 18 trial date for five inmates charged with assaulting and sodomizing an 18-year-old who was held overnight in the Grant County jail on traffic violations.

Alexander B. Castillo, 18; Christopher Willie Harris, 20; Edward Allen Pelfrey, 37; Robert J. Tester, 29; and Victor Ray Zipp, 27, are each charged with first-degree sodomy and fourth-degree assault.

A pretrial conference in the case has been set for June 25 in Grant Circuit Court in Williamstown, about 45 miles south of Cincinnati.

The teenager from Pendleton County filed a federal lawsuit in Covington, claiming the attack took place after the he was jailed overnight on traffic violations. A state police investigation found evidence that a guard said, "here is some fresh meat" before locking the teenager up with convicted felons.

The Enquirer is not identifying the teen because of the nature of the attack.

A Grant County grand jury has declined to indict any members of the jail staff, although the teen's civil suit against the jail and county claims they were negligent in not protecting him.

The jail has been hit with four federal suits since March 27. Two claim prisoners were sodomized by fellow inmates, while the other two claim guards beat inmates before locking them in isolation to cover up the assaults.

The allegations have left a neighboring county threatening to pull prisoners out of the jail and a prosecutor who dropped a drunken driving case after the defendant claimed he was beaten up in the jail.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




TOP STORIES
History preserved - by the people who made it
Library joins project to share interviews with war veterans
Alumni are solidly behind Elder
1,000 vehicles likely at funeral
Bellevue creates 'adult' zone

IN THE TRISTATE
Baseball fans still rooting for the home team
Women benefit from jail order
Police say theft ring thwarted
Six new priests to be ordained today
Mom and Dad abroad, gym crowd pitches in
Evendale confronts 'blight'
Memorial Day ceremonies
Memorial Day Closings
Obituary: Mary Julia Hanser, 61, past Mercy Health Partners CEO
Tristate A.M. Report

ENQUIRER COLUMNISTS
CLIFF RADEL'S CINCINNATI: Life under the city
McNUTT: Neighborhoods
FAITH MATTERS: Soldier shares miracle

BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Developer pays late impact fees
Parlor busted; who gets the case?
Classicway project gets approval

OHIO
Boehner misses 1:56 a.m. House vote for tax cut bill
Tight budgets stall efforts to offer home care
Judges say legislative maps didn't discriminate
Lawmakers listen to nursing homes
Boy, 9, killed when he touches light pole
Jury: Times libeled justice
Gynecologist charged with rape, sexual battery
Carnival baptisms draw complaints
Ex-inmate dies of apparent infection
Ohio Moments

KENTUCKY
Library's WWI records online
Prison camp survivor to lead parade in Ky.
Court backs school site-based hiring
Reward offered for cemetery vandals
Trial July 18 in claim of assault at Grant Co. jail
Kentucky news briefs
Kentucky obituaries