WASHINGTON, D.C. – Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights R.

Alexander Acosta and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia Maxwell

Wood announced today that Kevin Clark, a sergeant at the Dougherty County Jail

in Albany, Georgia pled guilty to felony obstruction of justice, in violation

of 18 U.S.C. 1512(b)(3). Trial was set to begin today.

Clark pleaded guilty for his role in covering up the use of excessive force by

a Dougherty County Jail official. Clark was a supervisor of Stephanie Henry, a

detention officer at the facility. On March 9, 2002, Henry grabbed a young

female inmate by the throat, choking her and causing injury. Henry

subsequently pleaded guilty for this offense and admitted that her excessive

use of force against the young woman was unnecessary and unjustified.

Today, Clark admitted that he orchestrated a cover up of the choking incident.

In particular, Clark doctored reports submitted by Henry and other officers

who witnessed the unjustified assault in order to create a false version of

these events.

Clark faces a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment. As part of the plea

agreement, Clark will no longer serve as a law enforcement officer.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the matter. Trail attorneys

Bobbi Bernstein and Sharon Seeley of the Criminal Section of the Justice

Departments Civil Rights Division, and Jim Crane of the U.S. Attorney’s

Office jointly prosecuted this case.