Thursday, September 20, 2012

County jail inmate accused of false sex charge

An inmate at the Erie County Correctional Facility has been charged with falsely accusing a corrections officer of sodomizing him, sheriff's officials said Friday.

Investigators said the inmate, Salvatore Andrews, 38, of Albion, made the false report so that he could be transferred to a jail closer to his wife in Albion.

He has been charged with felony counts of second-degree perjury and making a false statement in addition to a misdemeanor charge of making a false statement.

Andrews was in the Correctional Facility in Alden serving a six-month sentence for failure to pay child support.

He had made an allegation that he was forcibly sodomized by a corrections officer Aug. 29, officials said.

However, an investigation by Senior Detective Jim Hatch of the Sheriff's Office Detective Bureau and Chief Scott Joslyn of the Division of Professional Standards resulted in several findings that led them to believe that Andrews was lying:

Authorities at the Erie County Medical Center, who examined Andrews, found no "medical evidence" of a sexual assault

An inmate signed a sworn statement saying that a few days before the alleged attack, Andrews asked him if he thought fabricating the story would get him moved to the Orleans County Correctional Facility, which would be closer to his wife.

Detectives checked a log of Andrews' calls and visitors, and discovered he did not report the incident to them.

Andrews also alleged the accused corrections officer worked a midnight shift. A check of work records showed the officer never worked the midnight shift and that he had signed out an hour before the assault allegedly occurred.

A computer program that tracks each time a cell door is opened showed Andrews' door was closed at 9:15 p.m. Aug. 29 and wasn't reopened until breakfast time. Andrews had said the assault took place at about midnight.

Andrews is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 19 in Alden Town Court.