A May arraignment date has been scheduled for a former corrections officer at the Delaware County Jail charged with tampering with records.
Joshua Scott Young of Delaware was indicted Friday on two felony counts of tampering with records and a charge of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor. On Tuesday, an arraignment was scheduled for May 23 at 3:15 p.m. in Delaware County Common Pleas Judge David Gormley’s courtroom.
A special prosecutor, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick, has been named to the case. Officials from the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office said special prosecutors are appointed to cases when there is a potential conflict of interest.
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.
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.
Martin said Young was placed on paid administrative leave and an investigation was begun.
“We realized we might have some potential criminal violations and determined to have one of our detectives review the claim,” Martin said Friday.
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.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.