Delaware Correctional Officer Larry R. Clinkscale Arrested, Suspended, And Charged After 7 Minute Quickie With A Female Inmate

August 31, 2012

DELAWARE – A state correctional officer was arrested Monday for allegedly having sex with a female inmate in the staff bathroom of the prison facility, police said.

Larry R. Clinkscale, 40, of Bear, was a sergeant who has been a correctional officer for nearly 12 years, said Julie Petroff, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Correction.

The incident is alleged to have occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. Monday in a supply closet within Delores Baylor Women’s Correctional Institution in New Castle, said state police spokesman Sgt. Paul Shavack.

The 23-year-old victim contacted a staff member sometime after the alleged incident occurred and the staff member reported the allegation to the department’s internal affairs investigators.

The victim was taken to Christiana Hospital, where a sexual assault examination was conducted, police said in court records.

An investigation revealed that the victim was propositioned by the officer, who was working an overtime assignment, and told to go into a staff restroom.

According to court records, Clinkscale pulled the woman into a nearby closet where they engaged in oral and vaginal sex.

A surveillance camera captured the officer and victim disappear off camera and reappear seven minutes later, police said.

State police then obtained a warrant for Clinkscale.

He surrendered to detectives Tuesday and was charged with sexual relations in a detention facility, which prohibits any “employee, visitor, contractor and their employees, or a volunteer at a detention facility in the state from engaging in sexual intercourse or sexual penetration on the premises of a detention facility.”

He was released on $10,000 unsecured bail.

Clinkscale was suspended with pay pending a status review today, at which point his status likely will be changed to suspended without pay, Petroff said.

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Delaware Autistic Program Teacher Danielle Finlay Arrested After Beating Teen Student

June 21, 2012

DELAWARE – Delaware State Police arrested Danielle Finlay, a teacher at the Delaware Autistic Program, for hitting one of her students.

The incident happened on March 6th at the school, located on the 100 block of Brennan Drive in Newark. A witness reported to police that they had witnessed the teacher strike a 17 year old male student two times. The teacher first hit the student in the head while in the classroom and then again in the hallway with a water bottle after the student was making loud noises. The student was not injured in the incident.

Finlay turned herself into police earlier today and was arraigned and released on her own recognizance. She was charged with 2 court of offensive touching.

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Having Run Out Of Criminals To Chase, Delaware State Police And DOT Target Town’s Basketball Hoops In Subdivisions

March 25, 2011

CLAYMONT, DELAWARE – Delaware Department of Transportation crews escorted by state police tore down basketball hoops this morning in two neighborhoods in Claymont amid protests from residents who say the nets aren’t harming anyone.

Last fall, DelDOT sent letters to at least eight residents in the Radnor Green and Ashbourne Hills subdivisions saying their street-side basketball hoops violated the state’s Clear Zone law, which prohibits hoops, trees, shrubs and other objects from being within seven feet of the pavement’s edge in subdivisions.

DelDOT told residents that if they didn’t take down the hoops that the agency would and residents would be charged for the removal and disposal costs, said Radnor Green resident John McCafferty.

DelDOT crews and state police officers abruptly stopped the operation this morning after a News Journal photographer arrived at McCafferty’s house on Hilldale Court, where the man’s wife had climbed up on the hoop to protest the removals.

McCafferty’s hoop was spared – for now.

McCafferty said he’s considering emergency court action to prevent DelDOT crews from returning.

Delaware State Police sent one trooper out to the neighborhoods at DelDOT’s request, said spokesman Cpl. Jeffrey Hale.

“We were simply there for support in case anything to put their safety in jeopardy happened,” Hale said.

After DelDOT crews found resident Melissa McCafferty sitting atop one of the basketball hoops that was scheduled to be torn down, the woman refused to come down.

In negotiating with the woman, a trooper asked for assistance and three additional state police troopers quickly arrived at the scene along Hilldale Court, Hale said.

“We were simply there to try to talk her into coming down off the pole,” Hale said.

After it became apparent the woman would not get down, troopers left and did not make an arrest, Hale said.

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Veteran Harrington Delaware Police Officer Jonathan Kendall Arrested, Jailed, Charged With Child Pornography

March 19, 2011

HARRINGTON, DELAWARE – An investigation by the Delaware Child Predator Task Force has resulted in the arrest of a veteran Harrington police officer on multiple child pornography and related charges.

Jonathan Kendall, 37, of Lincoln, is charged with 27 counts of dealing in child pornography, one count of hindering prosecution and official misconduct.

According to Delaware Department of Justice spokesman Jason Miller, officers from the Child Predator Task Force and Delaware State Police Troop 4 initially executed a search warrant on Jan. 19 at Kendall’s home on North Union Church Road. Officers seized a computer and other evidence. A forensic analysis uncovered evidence of dealing in child pornography, Miller said.

Kendall was taken into custody Thursday, March 10 at DSP Troop 3. At that time of his arrest, two additional search warrants- which were obtained based on the evidence seized during the execution of the Jan. 19 search- were executed at Kendall’s home and vehicle.

Additional evidence was recovered from Kendall’s vehicle and home, according to Miller.

After a review of all the evidence, Kendall was charged with the aforementioned offenses. He is being held in the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in lieu of $272,000 secured bond. Kendall was a Harrington police officer at the time of the investigation, Miller said. According to Harrington Police Chief Norman R. Barlow, Kendall was a 17-year-old veteran with the agency, with the rank of sergeant.

In a statement issued shortly after the announcement of Kendall’s arrest, Barlow said, “It is certainly a sad day when one of our own has been arrested, and it is an disappointment. I want to assure the citizens of Harrington that I will diligently work hard to move our department past this incident and provide the police service they expect.”

As a result of the charges filed against him, Kendall has been suspended from the Harrington Police Department, Barlow said.

Thursday’s arrest came the same day that a federal grand jury indicted 29-year-old Shane Kiser of Millsboro on charges of attempted enticement of a minor and receipt and possession of child pornography. Kiser was arrested Oct. 16 at a Dover-area hotel as the result of a Child Predator Task Force investigation. According to authorities, Kiser had agreed during an Internet chat to drive to the hotel to have sex with the investigator’s fictional child.

Kiser was a registered nurse who was employed at Beebe Hospital and Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, Md.

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Former Laurel Deleware Maryland Police Officer And Registered Sex Offender Kevin Hovatter Arrested, Charged With Rape

February 25, 2011

LAUREL, DELAWARE – February 24, 2011 (WPVI) — Authorities say a former Laurel police officer has been charged with raping a woman several years ago.

Delaware State Police said 32-year-old Kevin Hovatter was arrested following an investigation prompted by an anonymous tip.

Investigators said Hovatter met the victim, now 28, after a domestic incident between her and her boyfriend and touched her inappropriately at the police station.

The victim met with Hovatter over the next two years for fear of being arrested, and Hovatter allegedly committed inappropriate acts with her during those meetings.

Hovatter was indicted Monday on charges of rape and sexual extortion and was being held on $40,000 secured bond.

Hovatter was charged in 2006 with raping a woman after making a traffic stop. He has been a registered sex offender since 2007.

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Chief Delaware State Alcohol Enforcment Offical Siobahn Sullivan Quits Amid Suspension After DUI Arrest While Speeding

October 9, 2010

DOVER, DELAWARE – The head of the agency charged with enforcing Delaware’s alcohol laws has resigned after being arrested for drunken driving.

Siobahn Sullivan submitted her resignation letter to Secretary of Safety and Homeland Security Lewis Schiliro on Friday, saying she was resigning effective immediately as director of the Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement.

Sullivan was stopped for speeding early Thursday on Route 1 near Lewes and subsequently charged with drunken driving. The 45-year-old Sullivan was released pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Oct. 22., and had been placed on administrative leave with pay.

Sullivan is a retired state police sergeant and was the commander of the executive protection unit assigned to former Gov. Ruth Ann Minner.

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Delaware Corrections Officer Steven Lenhart Arrested, Charged With Harassing Governor With eMail

April 4, 2009

DOVER, DELAWARE – The Delaware Department of Correction says a correctional officer charged with sending harassing e-mails to the governor has been placed on leave with pay.

Department spokesman John Painter says 50-year-old Steven Lenhart of Dover was placed on leave Friday pending the outcome of the investigation of the charges.

Painter says Lenhart has been with the department since 1981.

The governor’s office told police last month about “alarming e-mails” sent to the cost-saving suggestion public mailbox. Police say investigators linked Lenhart to the messages using the IP address from the e-mails. Detectives searched Lenhart’s home Thursday and seized his computer.

Lenhart was charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of harassment and released on $10,000 secured bail.

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