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Former Lorain County Corrections Officer Pleads Guilty

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Ohio

A former Lorain County corrections officer pleaded guilty today to one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, said Jocelyn Samuels, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, and Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland Office.

Marlon Taylor, 47, of Vermilion, was working as a corrections officer in Lorain County Jail on July 29, 2012, when he assaulted an inmate by striking him repeatedly, according to court documents.

These actions caused bodily injury to the inmate and deprived the inmate of the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment, according to court documents.

“The vast majority of law enforcement officials do a great job,” Dettelbach said. “When someone abuses the power and privileges of their office, however, they can and will be held accountable.”

“We in the Civil Rights Division are committed to working with our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI to identify, and where appropriate, prosecute instances of law enforcement abuse,” said Acting Assitant Attorney General Samuels.

“The acknowledgment of excessive force exhibited by a fellow officer in law enforcement is disconcerting,” Anthony said. “The public should be reminded that the vast majority of those serving within the criminal justice system do so with honor and integrity. Any allegation of abuse or excessive force involving law enforcement officers takes on a particular sense of urgency and will continue to be a priority for the FBI.”

Taylor is scheduled to be sentenced on Dec. 19.

This investigation has been conducted by the FBI’s Cleveland Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Lauren Bell and Trial Attorney Betsy Biffl will prosecute the case.

Updated March 12, 2015