Jail proactive after items taken from officer’s desk

Vermillion County Jail (WTHI Photo, Tony Kassissieh)
Vermillion County Jail (WTHI Photo, Tony Kassissieh)

VERMILLION CO. (WTHI) – An incident at one Wabash Valley jail has officials stepping up security measures.

The Vermillion County Jail is a facility where inmates are surrounded by watchful eyes and dozens of cameras.

“But once in awhile something comes up and something happens,” said Sheriff Bob Spence.

Like a recent incident on June 30 when trustee worker Sean Kelsheimer obtained a stolen security code from Ryan Starbuck, also a trustee worker.

“He had been cleaning in the lobby area of the facility and watched an employee use a pass-code,” said Sheriff Spence.

Kelsheimer used the code to enter the office area from the jail hallway. Once inside he took items from an officer’s desk that are related to an ongoing case.

“I’m sure that it will affect that case but we’re not exactly sure how just yet,” said Sheriff Spence.

After interviews and reviewing surveillance video, officials were able to confirm Kelsheimer took the items and Starbuck acted as a ‘look out.’

While those responsible were caught, Spence stated there is more work to be done.

“We’re taking considerable changes of the way and the structure in which we have things done here at the jail.”

They have already implemented more security measures.

“One of the things we changed is all of the security codes, and we are looking at how we are going to continue to look at how we handle any type of evidence,” said Sheriff Spence.

They are also cracking down on the trustee inmates.

“One of the things we have changed is a trustee will be escorted through the building with an employee at all times,” said Sheriff Spence.

It’s just one of the many ways they continue to make safety a top priority.

“This job is a constant reminder of how we have to stay on our toes and how we have to re-train, and how we have to be prepared in looking for the unusual.”

Charges are expected to be filed against Kelsheimer and Starbuck. Vermillion County Prosecutor, Bruce Aukerman, declined to comment.

The investigation is still ongoing.

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