Rikers Island guard fired for sex with inmate and supplying drugs

The New York Department of Corrections reportedly fired a Rikers Island guard after he allegedly had sex with an inmate multiple times.

The guard also allegedly supplied the woman with drugs and urged her not to tell the authorities that she had been raped by another officer, the New York Post reported Saturday.

The article continued:

DOC Commissioner Louis Molina filed paperwork in June saying he accepted a recommendation made by city administrative judge Kevin Casey that Leonard McNeill should be fired for “fundamental breach.”[ing] his duties as a corrections officer.

“By engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship, the respondent exploited the inmate, posed a security risk, created the appearance of corruption and undermined authority,” Casey also wrote in a 13-page notice published in February. , following a four-day trial. “Much less egregious acts of excessive familiarity have routinely led to termination.”

The charges were brought after incidents at the prison complex in 2015 that eventually went to trial in federal court. A few years later, the city agreed to pay the woman $500,000 as part of a settlement.

The woman claimed she was raped by a prison officer named Jose Cosme as well as McNeill.

“Cosme pleaded with prosecutors and as part of his deal was fired, forced to register as a sex offender and sentenced to 10 years probation. McNeil has so far avoided prosecution,” said the Job says the report.

The exit share a Saturday photo of Cosme:

Although nine inmates have died while in custody this year, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) expressed support for officers during his visit to Rikers Island in June.

Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a graduation ceremony at Madison Square Garden, July 1, 2022, in New York City. (John Minchillo, File/AP)

Fox 5 reported, “The federal government has had the city’s prison system in its sights for a long time. A judge recently gave the city an extra six months to enact reforms before deciding whether or not to appoint a federal comptroller,” a reporter from the outlet said.

Meanwhile, a man identifying as female was recently convicted of raping an inmate while being housed in the women’s area of ​​Rikers Island.


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