A former corrections officer at the Delaware County Jail was given a fine in Delaware County Common Pleas Court last month after pleading guilty to charges of falsification and tampering with records.
Joshua Scott Young, 33, of Delaware, appeared in Delaware County Common Pleas Court on July 25 where he entered a guilty plea to a charge of tampering with records and a charge of falsification, both misdemeanors.
As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, a third-degree felony charge of tampering with records was dismissed.
The charges stem from Young’s time as a corrections officer at the county jail. Part of Young’s job was doing a routine physical headcount of occupants at the jail. However, Young reportedly told Gormley that on Jan. 5 he reviewed the video cameras, instead of doing a physical headcount, a violation of jail policy.
Gormley accepted his plea to the two misdemeanor charges and gave $250 fines on both offenses. Gormley also found that Young would be an acceptable candidate for probation but felt fines were sufficient punishment.
Officials from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office said that when Young was indicted on April 1 that he had already resigned from his position at the jail.
Delaware County Sheriff Russell Martin said in April that 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 on April 1.
Young originally entered a not-guilty plea to the three charges at his arraignment in May. Young was originally set to stand trial on July 21.
The plea agreement was negotiated by a special prosecutor, Allen County Prosecutor Juergen Waldick, who represented the state in 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.
Young was represented by Columbus attorney Brandon Shroy.
Glenn Battishill can be reached at 740-413-0903 or on Twitter @BattishillDG.