NEW YORK – Criminal charges were filed against five state corrections officers relating to the November 12, 2013 beating of Downstate Correctional Facility inmate Kevin Moore, and a conspiracy to cover up the beating.
Two of the officers pled guilty to charges against them.
Three guards were charged by indictment – former Sergeant Kathy Scott, 42, of Saugerties, also known as Kathy Todd; former corrections officers George Santiago Jr., 34, of Fremont Center; and Carson Morris, 31, of Coconut Grove, Florida. They are all charged with federal civil rights offenses, including conspiring to deprive the victim of his constitutional rights as well as two counts of obstructing justice by conspiring to file false reports.
Two other defendants, former corrections officers Donald Cosman and Andrew Lowery are charged by felony informations and have pled guilty to conspiring to deprive the victim of his constitutional rights; depriving him of his rights under color of law; obstructing justice by conspiring to file false reports; and filing false reports.
“Today’s charges allege a brutal beating and a brazen cover-up by five state corrections officers that left Kevin Moore, a 54-year-old inmate, with life-threatening injuries and in the hospital for 17 days,” said US Attorney Preet Bharara. “Inmates may be walled off from the public, but they are not walled off from the Constitution. And when corrections officers viciously beat an inmate in their charge, then collude among themselves to cover it up – as alleged here – they trample on the Constitution and the very laws they have sworn to uphold.”