Three Department of Corrections Employees Disciplined After Investigation
Tallahassee - After a yearlong investigation into mistreatment of an inmate at Gulf Forestry Camp, the Florida Department of Corrections has fired three employees. The investigation by the department's Inspector General's Office began in April 2001 when the incident was first reported to DOC officials. For their role in abusing inmate William Webb, Lieutenant Carmen McLemore, Sergeant Christopher Wood and Correctional Officer Donald Guillot have been dismissed.
The department fired the officers for several violations including conduct unbecoming a public employee, failure to maintain the proper security and welfare of an inmate and willingly treating an inmate in a cruel manner.
"We have no tolerance for abuse of inmates in our custody," said Secretary Michael W. Moore. "When a correctional officer commits wrongdoing he or she must face the consequences. We do not condone abuse."
"I am proud of our Inspector General's office for this thorough and efficient investigation. When allegations of inmate abuse are substantiated we take swift and appropriate action," said Secretary Moore. "The vast majority of officers who work in Florida's prisons are true professionals and do their jobs well under very difficult circumstances."
McLemore began his employment with the department on December 7, 1990, Wood on June 15, 1990 and Guillot on January 21, 2000. Since the incident, Webb has satisfactorily completed his sentence and has been released. The investigation is continuing and additional criminal charges by the FBI are possible.