A former corrections officer at the Delaware County Jail was indicted by a county grand jury Friday on charges related to tampering with records.
Joshua Young, of 118 Blakemore Drive, Delaware, was indicted Friday on two felony counts of tampering with records, and a charge of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.
A special prosecutor, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick, has been named to the case.
The indictment states that on Jan. 5, Young “did falsify, destroy, remove, conceal, alter, deface, or mutilate any writing, computer software, data, or record” and stipulates that the record in question belongs to a government entity, namely the county jail.
An arraignment in Delaware County Common Pleas Court has not been scheduled. Judge David Gormley will preside over the case.
Young was issued a summons to appear in court, court documents indicate.
Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said the corrections officers at the jail are required to keep detailed logs of activity at the jail. Martin said the charges have to do with the activity logs Young kept at the Delaware County Jail.
Martin said other employees at the jail came to sheriff’s office management and expressed their concerns about Young and the records he was keeping.
“We’ve been stressing integrity and moral courage and we had some corrections officers who were uncomfortable with what [Young] was doing and brought it to our attention,” Martin said. “At that time, [Young] was placed on leave and we began an investigation into the allegations. We realized we might have some potential criminal violations and determined to have one of our detectives review the claim.”
The indictment states the misconduct took place on Jan. 5. Martin said the investigation was started shortly after that.
Martin said Young resigned from his position at the jail during the investigation.
Martin said the special prosecutor was appointed to handle the case during the investigation.
Waldick could not be reached for comment Friday.
“It’s unfortunate and we wish weren’t in this situation but we are committed to doing the right thing and people should be held accountable for their actions,” Martin said Friday. “We encourage staff to report to management if they have areas of concern and that’s not always easy to do in the workplace. We are grateful for the corrections officer who came forward.”
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.