March 29, 2013

Jail staff splashed with urine

MALONE — A Quebec man was charged with throwing a mix of urine and toilet water on three correction officers at Franklin County Jail. 

James Davis of St. Regis, Quebec, was charged with three felony counts of aggravated harassment of an employee for allegedly throwing a cup of liquid containing bodily fluids on correction officers Joel Perry, Brandon Varin and Randy Hance, said Undersheriff Patrick White.

This is the first throwing incident where jail personnel were hit.

It happened Tuesday, White said, as officers were retrieving items from inmates after the mail delivery. They tried to get Davis to return a foam cup he was using, but he said he wasn’t finished with it yet.

When the officers told him to hurry up, “that’s when he reached down, scooped up a mixture of urine and toilet water and threw it, hitting three officers in the eyes, nose, mouth and face,” White said.

“They had bodily fluid exposure,” he said, adding that the three officers immediately went to Alice Hyde Medical Center, “where the medical process started,” as is the protocol in such incidents.

The three officers returned to work that afternoon.


White said the public is aware that such throwing incidents occur in state prisons, but people don’t realize it goes on at the local level, as well.

“People should know we do have this kind of situation. People should be aware that before someone goes to state prison, first they have to go through county jail. 

“County jail is where they get their start.”


Davis, who was in jail on a pending misdemeanor case accusing him of endangering the welfare of a child, was charged with the three felonies and arraigned before Malone Town Justice Frank Cositore before being taken back to Franklin County Jail.

He was held there Thursday on $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 insurance bond.

White said Davis is incarcerated in a restricted area, “in a cell block where problem children reside,” where he is allowed out for only one hour of recreation a day.

He will be segregated until the internal-hearing process is finished, which involves determining if he is mentally stable to face the inquiry.

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