SAEGERTOWN — A Crawford County Corrections Officer is facing charges for allegedly striking an inmate and fracturing his face.
Bryan Minman, 32, has been charged by Pennsylvania State Police with two counts each of simple assault and official oppression.
Police allege Minman struck Carl Gibson in the face, causing a fracture to the left side of Gibson’s face on July 8, 2018, while Minman was employed as a guard.
The incident was captured on video at the jail, according to a news release this morning from Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schultz.
Gibson received prompt medical attention and was later operated on to surgically repair the bones in his face, the statement said. Gibson is no longer an inmate at the Crawford County Correctional Facility.
Schultz said he learned of the incident on Aug. 29 when a member of the public contacted Schultz about Gibson’s injuries.
“That same day I contacted Warden Ken Saulsbery to find out what had happened to Mr. Gibson. After receiving details from the warden, I requested that the Pennsylvania State Police initiate an investigation,” Schultz said in a statement.
Under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, because the crimes of simple assault and official oppression are both second-degree misdemeanors, a summons will be issued via mail by the magisterial district court to Minman setting a date and time for his preliminary hearing, the statement said.
Bail will be set at the time of Minman’s preliminary hearing.
Original article by: Keith Gushard of the Meadville Tribune