Macomb County Sheriff's Office corrections deputies facing criminal charges

UPDATE: Second deputy turns himself in

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published May 2, 2019 | Updated May 3, 2019 12:09pm

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MOUNT CLEMENS — The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office announced on May 2 that two of its corrections deputies are facing criminal charges stemming from separate incidents that took place inside the Macomb County Jail.

Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the two employees are being charged for actions while on duty.

James Stanley, 39, a corrections sergeant who has since been placed on leave, was formally charged May 2 for two uses of force incidents that reportedly took place on July 11, 2018 and on Sept. 23, 2018.

According to the report, in the July incident, a suspect had been brought into the jail on a disorderly person charge. Due to his behavior while in a holding cell, the inmate was placed into a restraint chair by several corrections deputies for his own safety. While being placed into the chair, the inmate’s head was reportedly pushed into the chair with such excessive force by Stanley that it caused the inmate to sustain a bloody and swollen nose.

In the September incident, an inmate was going to be placed into a restraint chair for his safety, when during the process of attempting to place the inmate into the restraint chair, Stanley discharged a stun gun into the inmate’s chest, which is against department policy, the report states.

Wickersham said both inmates have been uncooperative in the investigations.

Information gathered about the incidents were sent to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, and two charges of assault or assault and battery, both misdemeanors, were authorized. Stanley was arraigned in the 41-B District Court in Clinton Township and given a $10,000 personal bond on each count. He will be back in court for a pre-trial hearing on June 3. His attorney, Douglas Gutscher, could not immediately be reached for comment.

The report states that the female inmate involved reported the incidents to officials on March 22. The inmate reported the sexual relations with corrections deputy Ryan Stateler, 25, included digital penetration on three separate dates.

Wickersham said detectives investigated the complaint and located evidence to corroborate the inmate’s statements. The information was sent to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, and one count of criminal sexual conduct, fourth degree (force or coercion), a high court misdemeanor, was authorized.

Stateler turned himself in on May 3, at which time he was arraigned and given a $25,000 personal bond. Statler has been placed on house arrest with a tether. He is scheduled to return to court for a probable cause conference on May 15.

Wickersham said Statler is no longer employed with the Sheriff’s Office. Statler’s attorney, John Goldpaugh, was unavailable for comment at press time.

 

“It is our job to not only protect the citizens of Macomb County, but to also protect the inmates housed in the Macomb County Jail,” Wickersham said in a prepared statement. “Our agency is filled with hard working individuals that possess ethics and integrity; men and women that come to work each day knowing that they are dealing with the people that society fears. These two men violated agency policy and their behavior is unacceptable. We did not hesitate to take action in either case and thorough investigations were completed. The results of these investigations were turned over to the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office with requests for criminal charges. It is highly unsettling to know that our staff members have acted criminally, tarnishing the reputation that our hard working men and women strive for every day. We will continue to work to the best of our abilities, stay transparent, and keep the trust of the citizens that we serve.”

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