Deputy Pleads Guilty In Jailhouse Food Tampering

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A former Ohio deputy accused of feeding an inmate a bologna sandwich that been rubbed against another inmate's genitals has pleaded guilty to two health code violations.

In a Columbus courtroom on Wednesday, 38-year-old Joseph Cantwell also apologized for the shame and embarrassment that he said he had caused.

A judge fined him $500 plus court costs, and Cantwell also received a 90-day suspended jail sentence and five years' probation.

Cantwell's attorney called the February incident at the Franklin County jail a "prank."

It led sheriff Jim Karnes to fire Cantwell and his partner in May.

The other deputy was not charged with a crime.

The inmates who were involved have filed lawsuits against the county.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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