Issuing a public statement regarding two Hempstead County jailers on Thursday, Hempstead County James Singleton dismissed two individual employees for separate, and apparently, unrelated incidents that allegedly occurred within the County’s Detention Center.
Both individuals, one identified as Gary Middleton, 63, of Hope, and the other as Joshua Huffman, 25, of Delight, were dismissed from their jobs Thursday, October 11, and subsequently booked into the same detention center where they worked; both men have since been transferred to other facilities in the region.
Middleton was arrested by HCSO deputies, Friday October 12, and charged with Furnishing Prohibited Articles a class C Felony and Battery third degree a misdemeanor, in an alleged incident where Middleton allegedly employed an unauthorized personal taser to Taze an handcuffed and shackled inmate.
Middleton had been employed as a Hempstead County detention/transport officer since December 15, 2014. Middleton was transported to Howard County Jail where he will await a first appearance.
Huffman was arrested Thursday October 11, for Furnishing Prohibited Articles a Class C Felony in an alleged incident where Huffman allegedly brought a cell phone into the detention center on more than on occasion and allowed inmates to use the device. Investigators discovered that inmates contacted witnesses and at least one victim with the cell phone.
Huffman had been employed since July 24, 2018. He was transported to Nevada County Jail and is awaiting a first court Appearance.
Both incidents remain under investigation, according to the statement.