Wadoc Report Staff Sexual Misconduct Kapsch 2005
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Washington Corrections Center for Women Intelligence & Investigations Investigative Case #02-0008-05-FOl February 3, 2005 TO: ' Belinda,D. Stewart Snperintendent, WCCW FROM: Steven B. Baxter Investigator, WCCW SUBJECT: POSSIBLE STAFF MISCONDUCT RE: SGT. MICHAEL KAPSCH SYNOPSIS: During the week of January 10-14, 2005 CCU was placed on lockdown status due to the continued disruptive and violent behavior of many of the residents. During this lockdown WCCW 1&1 was requested to conduct interviews with all possible residents of the unit. One question asked of the CCU inmates was "Who do you perceive are causing the problems in CCU", this question could be answered by giving both inmates and staff names. Out of one hundred and eight (108) documented interviews only fifty seven (57) inmates would give staff names as causing problems in the unit, of those thirty four (34) inmates named Sgt. Kapsch as a person causing problems in CCU. When interviewed many of the above inmates gave reasons why they felt Sgt. Kapsch was a problem, in order of frequency they were: • • • • • • • • Sgt. Kapsch shows favoritism to certain inmates they included ~ ~16) Sgt. Kapsch always allows lnmate~ be in his office (8) Unless you are in a bathrobe he WOD~ you Sgt. Kapsch allowed Inmate_to make copies of pictures on the unit copier for her scrapbook Sgt. Kapsch is disrespectful to in,lnates Sgt. Kapschtells inmates he is not grievable Sgt. Kapsch threatens inmates. with Segregation .Sgt, Kapsch is rude especially to African American inmates WRITTEN STATEMENTS: o written statements were received by WCCW 1&1 dealing with see attaclnnent I) wrote that Sgt. Kapsch had come to Sgt. Kapsch. lmuate segregation on 12/23 an toer at e r anicecomfortableroomwaitingonthewestpodofCCU for her. The next day she was released and placed by 2'd shift in room 21~on the or. When, third shift arrived she was moved from that room to another but again on the floor. stated that she talked to sit. Kapsch that night and on the 26th or 27~ of December she was moved to e West pod room 325 by Sgt. Kapsch and told by him that she should be grateful for him moving her. A check of the Segregation sergeant's logbook showed that Sgt. Kapsch was not the Unit Sgt. and therefore had no known reason to be in the segregation unit or pod talking to inmates. 77 Page 2 Case #02-008-0S-FOl REF: StaffMisconduct RE: Sgt, Kapsch 02/03/04 ate a statement on 1/24/05 (see attachment 2) and made the • • • Sgt. Kapsch has made inappropriate remarksabout her in from of other inmates - he stated that he had pu~rd for her to be placed on lMU status Inma~observed Inma~enter Sgt. Kapsch's office and later come out with a ~.and carried it to~enlater asked about the item Inma~ told Inma~at it had been taken as contraband but that she gets what she wan~gt. Kapscli. Inmat'- also stated that on one day whileworking in the kitchen Inmate Johnson had appro~'="h: and asked if she had a crusb on Sgt. Kapsch. Inmat~ felt it was a strange and accusing question. Inmate had previously sent a letter to WCCW 1&1 weeks b~CU lockdown and any accusations being investigated(see attachment 3). In this letter Inma~lamed the problems on the inmates and praised the conduct of the new Sergeants. Her last sentence stated that it would be a loss to the unit if any staff were lost due to alleged inappropriatebehavior. 77R