A former warden at Northampton County Jail, who pleaded guilty was sentenced to prison Wednesday for sexually assaulting a woman in prison.
Kelvin Myers, 41, of Forks Township, was sentenced by Judge Samuel Murray to four to 18 months in the Monroe County Jail with immediate release eligibility. He must also register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law, according to a news release from the Northampton District Attorney’s Office.
Myers was hired as a security guard at the county jail in 2014 and assigned to the women’s section in 2020, according to the release. In October 2020, the district attorney’s office, led by Chief Deputy District Attorney Tatum Wilson, began investigating Myers after learning of alleged sexual contact between him and a female inmate.
According to the press release, investigators reviewed phone calls from August to October 2020 in which the woman discussed a “sexual relationship” with Myers.
Detectives also reviewed video from the jail that shows Myers entering the woman’s cell and not leaving for eight minutes on Sept. 30, 2020. The video shows the woman and Myers engaging in “sexual intercourse,” the release said.
The woman, who has since pleaded guilty in Monroe County District Court to providing a fatal dose of heroin, was jailed in Northampton County on those and other charges when the attacks occurred between July and October 2020.
The Morning Call does not normally publish the names of victims of sexual assault.
A woman in April filed a federal lawsuit naming Myers, county and other security guards who she claims knew about the assaults and did nothing.
According to the lawsuit, Myers assaulted the woman in various areas of the jail, including her cell. He threatened her with retaliation if she did not submit to his sexual advances. The lawsuit also alleges that the county failed to train corrections officers about sexual assault and harassment and how to report such violations.
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