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Guard charged with permitting 'jailhouse justice' assault on sex offender

6-12-2010 Ohio:

MEDINA, Ohio -- A Medina County Jail guard and four inmates were indicted on charges of assaulting an inmate who was being held on charges of having sex with a minor.

A Medina County Grand Jury indicted Corrections Officer Brian Young and the four prisoners. The case was presented by Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Steven Gall.

Prosecutors said Young used the county's computer to verify that an inmate was in jail for sex offenses against a minor. He shared that information with the inmates.

"He then watched the other defendants go to the second floor of the pod, and gave them the 'thumbs-up'," said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office spokesman Ryan Miday. "The four defendants went into victim's cell and assaulted him."

The inmates were identified as Michael Hausler, Logan Clark, Caleb Klinksiek and James Polanski.

Each inmate was indicted on charges of felonious assault and abduction. Young was indicted on charges of felonious assault, abduction for aiding and abetting, unauthorized use of property and dereliction of duty.

Young will be arraigned on the charges Monday. The inmates will be arraigned later.

The name of the victim is being withheld for fear of reprisal.

The Medina County Prosecutor requested that a Cuyahoga County prosecutor present the case. ..Source.. Michael Sangiacomo, The Plain Dealer

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