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Numerous assaults reported at MSOP


Staff members and clients have been assaulted and sustained injuries by clients at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program (MSOP) facility in Moose Lake in the past several months.

According to the criminal complaints, on March 30, Terry Ray Jackson, 53, was arrested and charged with three counts of assault, one in the third degree and two in the fifth degree, for feloniously assaulting two people and inflicting substantial bodily harm on those people. Jackson has two prior domestic violence-related convictions within the past three years.

The complaint stated, Defendant Jackson was angry because someone had accused him of 'snitching' on him for making 'hooch,' which resulted in a room shakedown. Defendant went to the room and began swinging a wooden cribbage board at one person, hitting him in the head and stomach until the person backed away from the door. Then, the Defendant pinned another person against a table and struck him multiple times in the head with the cribbage board, causing him to bleed profusely. Defendant also bit him multiple times in the chest. The second person received five sutures to his head, had two bite marks on the left side of the chest, and a nasal fracture.

All three felonies carry maximum sentences of five years and/or $10,000 in fines.

On April 26, Thomas Hurl Bolter, 33, was charged with one count of fourth degree assault for feloniously assaulting and inflicting bodily harm to an employee.

The Statement of Probable Cause states that Defendant Bolter was being escorted, along with other clients, to the living unit by a staff person. One of the other clients became unruly and uncooperative to the staff person while the group was en route to the living units. A physical altercation began between the staff person and the uncooperative client, and several staff people struggled to restrain the client. Defendant approached the altercation and attempted to strike a staff member with his closed fists. Chemical irritant was then sprayed on the Defendant, who proceeded to remove his shirt and jump on the staff member, who was in the process of restraining the other client. The Defendant proceeded to use his closed fists to strike the staff member in the head as the staff member was on the ground attempting to restrain the other client. As a result, the staff member suffered visible injuries to his head and neck.

The felony charge carries a maximum sentence of two years and/or $4,000.

Hollis John Larson, 52, was charged with one count of fourth degree assault on May 16, a felony, after assaulting an employee.

According to the Statement of Probable Cause: Employees approached Larson (the Defendant) concerning a Behavioral Expectation Report. The Defendant became agitated and began kicking at the door and yelling at the staff members, making threats against them. The supervisor decided that the Defendant be brought to a High Security Area. Defendant continued to be agitated and kept making threats at staff, but did not comply with the move to the High Security Area. About an hour later, the officer of the day decided that the Defendant could be moved from a camera room to a non-camera room within the High Security Area. Another staff person assisted in the move, which involved moving the Defendant while he still had his cuffs on. Defendant was moved to a different room and, per procedure, Defendant's hands and chains were outside the cuff port so the security counselors cold unlock the cuffs once he was secure inside. As one of the security counselors handled the chain, the Defendant aggressively yanked with his wrist restraints, running to the back of the room so that he could use his full weight to pull the chain through the Security Counselor's hands, causing a deep gash in his pinky finger. Defendant continued to threaten staff after he did this, and then tried to do it a second time when staff attempted to remove his restraints through the cuff port. The security counselor had to have two stitches to his right pinky finger.

The fourth degree assault charge is a felony, and the maximum sentence was not listed on the complaint.

Justin Dale Church, 29, was charged with two counts of assault on other clients on June 8. One count was in the fourth degree and one count was in the fifth degree. Both are felonies.

The Statement of Probable Cause stated: Church, the Defendant, was in a group. The Defendant became irate and was blaming staff for his behavior expectation reports. Defendant then punched another client in the face and threw liquid from a coffee cup on two clients, which was later believed to be urine. The Defendant then attacked another client, hitting him on the head and causing lacerations on his head.

The fourth degree assault charge, for throwing bodily fluids, carries a maximum sentence of two years and/or a $4,000 fine.

The fifth degree assault charge, for intentionally inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm upon another person, carries a maximum sentence of 90 days and/or a $1,000 fine.

Nicolas Ladell Aron-Jones, 23, was charged with two counts of assault, one in the third degree and one in the fourth degree, on a staff member. Both counts are felonies.

The Statement of Probable Cause stated: Jones, the Defendant, was walking next to the security counselor when, without warning, the Defendant assaulted the security counselor by punching him in the head several times. The security counselor fell to the ground and was briefly knocked unconscious by the assault. The Defendant kicked him several times while he was on the ground.

The security counselor suffered observable injury, including bruising, swelling and abrasions. The state alleges that the Defendant caused substantial bodily harm to the security counselor by causing temporary loss of consciousness.

The third degree assault charge carries a maximum sentence of five years and/or a $10,000 fine, and the fourth degree assault charge carries a maximum charge of two years and/or a $4,000 fine.


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