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TRUMBULL CO. Another jailer quits in sex case



Published: Fri, February 14, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



The sheriff said he hopes to finish the investigation soon.

By PEGGY SINKOVICH

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- A Trumbull County jailer accused of sex offenses has resigned.

Michael Battee, 33, issued a one-page letter of resignation Monday, said Sheriff Thomas Altiere. The resignation came one day before Battee was to take a lie detector test, officials said.

Battee, who has been with the department since 1994, could not be reached to comment.

Battee and Charles Parks, 28, both of Warren, were placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 1 after former female inmates accused the two of having sexual contact with them while they were in jail. Both deputies denied the allegations.

Parks is scheduled to take a polygraph examination today, Altiere said.

"We are still investigating and hope to finish the investigation soon," Altiere said.

Earlier resignation

Last month, John Clutter of Warren, who worked for the jail for about two years, resigned the day he was scheduled to take a polygraph test. Altiere said three women told sheriff officials that Clutter committed a sex act with them when they were incarcerated.

Clutter would give them candy bars in exchange for the sexual acts, the inmates told detectives.

The inmates said Clutter would take them to a closet area where, officials said, there are no security cameras. Clutter, who has not been charged, denied the allegations.

The sheriff said that when the investigation is complete, he will give the report to the county prosecutor for review.

He added that if the prosecutor thinks the investigation shows a criminal act took place, the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation will be summoned.

The sheriff said two jailers are assigned to each jail section, but one jailer may be alone during breaks.

The sheriff said the jail is following state standards, but he will review them to find out if any changes should be made.

sinkovich@vindy.com




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