GEORGIA CORRECTIONS OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY
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
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.