April 23, 2014

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VIDEO: Corrections officer charged with assaulting inmate

ELYRIA — A veteran Lorain County Jail corrections officer has been charged with assault for a July 29 incident in which he allegedly attacked an inmate.

Marlon Taylor, 48, has been placed on paid administrative leave in the wake of the investigation, which led to the charges that were filed Monday in Elyria Municipal Court, according to a news release from the county Sheriff’s Office.

Capt. Jack Hammond, who serves as jail administrator, said he could release few details because of the pending administrative review. But he said the investigation determined that Taylor struck inmate Jordan Sand multiple times.

Sand, who was not listed as a prisoner at the jail Monday, did not throw any blows at Taylor, Hammond said.

“There was a physical altercation that was one-sided,” he said.

The news release said the supervisor on duty at the time of the incident launched a preliminary review and reported it to his superiors. Those initial investigations led to the criminal probe by sheriff’s detectives.

This isn’t the first time that Taylor has run afoul of the law since becoming a guard at the jail in early 1998.

He pleaded no contest in December to a disorderly conduct by intoxication charge in Oberlin Municipal Court for an Aug. 6, 2011, incident in which an Amherst police officer shot him with a Taser to break up a fight outside a downtown bar.

Taylor was fined $150 following his plea bargain in which prosecutors dropped additional charges of resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and persistent disorderly conduct.

Taylor is due in court Sept. 26 to answer the latest charge against him.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.