A correctional officer at the Westville Correctional Facility was arrested
Saturday on charges of bribery and trafficking with an offender, the Indiana
Department of Correction (DOC) said.
According to a statement released on Monday, correctional officer Charlie
Bolton, 28, was taken into custody following a routine search of his person,
after reporting for the start of his shift. Unspecified “hidden contraband”
was found in his possession, DOC said.
Bolton was booked into the LaPorte County Jail and placed on emergency
suspension with pay, DOC said, while an offender “who may have been involved
with the trafficking attempt was placed in segregation at the facility
pending further investigation.”
Bolton has been an employee at the Westville Correctional Facility since
Sept. 20, 2010, DOC said.
“Trafficking is a significant security issue within any prison or jail,
which is why everyone entering the facility is subject to a thorough search,
including our own staff,” Superintendent Mark Levenhagen said.
“We are committed to maintaining safe and secure facilities throughout the
department,” DOC Commissioner Bruce Lemmon added. “The fact that some staff
may succumb to pressure to traffic with offenders is a reality we have to
address on a daily basis.”