Local corrections officer facing federal charges

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

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Montgomery County Sheriff's Corrections Officer Arrested

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

A corrections officer at the Montgomery County jail was arrested by federal agents Friday on charges of providing a cellphone to an inmate.

Michael W. Rose Jr., 29, faces up to 26 years in prison and $750,000 in fines. The complaint against Rose remains sealed, according to a federal prosecutor.

A detention hearing is scheduled for Rose on Thursday and a preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 28. Rose was remanded to the custody of federal marshals.

He is being held at the Shelby County jail and appeared Monday in U.S. District Court in Dayton, clad in orange jail clothes. He told a judge he could not afford an attorney.

Rose was arrested at 5 p.m. Friday, according to Shelby County records.

Montgomery County records indicate Rose was hired in April at an annual salary of $34,444.

Montgomery County Sheriff Phil Plummer said Rose was fired Monday when the charges were announced. He said the case is federal because the alleged recipient of the phone is a federal inmate.

Plummer said the incident is still being investigated to make sure no other county employees were involved.

“We haven’t seen many cellphones through the years,” Plummer said, “especially not with employees bringing them in.”

Keeping phones, drugs and other contraband out of jails and prisons is a constant struggle, Plummer said. He is hoping to purchase airport-style body scanners to find well-hidden items. Scanners cost $220,000, he said.

A federal prosecutor read the charges against Rose during a hearing in front of Magistrate Judge Sharon Ovington.

The most serious count was attempted extortion, a violation of 18 U.S. Code 1951(a), which carries with it maximum penalties of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The second count related to providing a prohibited item in jail, a violation of 18 U.S. Code 1791(a), which the prosecutor said had maximums of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The third count is aiding and abetting, a conspiracy charge in violation of 21 U.S. Code 846, which carries maximum penalties of four years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Asked by Ovington if he understood the charges against him, Rose said: “Yes, ma’am.”

Federal agents also are in the Montgomery County jail investigating allegedly improper use of pepper spray on inmates by a deputy, an issue the sheriff has also asked Dayton police to investigate.


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The Dayton Daily News and NewsCenter 7 have reported on a variety of alleged criminal activities inside the Montgomery County Jail, and will continue to provide updates.

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