NEW BRUNSWICK — A grand jury sitting in Middlesex County has indicted two corrections officers on charges of falsifying departmental records, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
Gregory Fahy, 26, of the Port Reading section of Woodbridge, and Gustavo Sanchez, 43, of East Brunswick were charged in New Brunswick on April 17 with two counts each of third degree tampering with public records or information, and one count of official misconduct, a second degree offense.
The grand jury handed up the charges following an investigation into the suicide of an inmate, who was found hanging in his cell at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on June 20, 2011.
The investigation by the Middlesex County Department of Corrections and Youth Services and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office alleges that the officers had failed to check on the welfare of their inmates, but noted in corrections records that they had fulfilled their duties.
In addition to checking on inmates to ensure their safety, the officers were responsible for taking a head count of inmates and making an inspection of walls and windows in each cell in one of the units in the correction center.
The grand jury charged that the officers did not perform those tasks and falsely reported that they had completed the assignments.
Fahy discovered at 4:28 p.m. that Eric Caposole, 22, of Lavallette had hanged himself in his cell. The inmate, who was being held on drug charges, was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.
The officers subsequently were suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the charges.
Fahy began working as a corrections officer on Feb. 19, 2008, and was earning $54,326 annually, while Sanchez began on Sept. 9, 1996, and was earning $78,273.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Fahy and Sanchez are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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