Former jailer pleads guilty to inappropriate contact

A former corrections officer at the Ottawa County Jail has pleaded guilty to inappropriate contact with inmates.
The Holland Sentinel
Feb 5, 2014

Jonathan Lawton Kermeen, 39, of Middleville, will be sentenced at 10 a.m. March 10 in Ottawa County Circuit Court in Grand Haven.

The felony of criminal sexual conduct second degree with a county prisoner is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Kermeen pleaded on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the plea agreement that he will not face additional charges from the investigation linked to the three inmates.

His bond was denied and he remains in the Ottawa County Jail.

Comments

zwesterhouse

Thats gotta be rough when its said and done. Locked up in your own hotel.

Former Grandhavenite

He better hope they send him someplace far enough away that the other prisoners won't know about his previous line of work.

Vladtheimp

He's such an attractive fellow, how do we know that the female inmates didn't force themselves on him?

mmjproud

So you should be fired from that kind of work place I guess for networking with female inmates .....but prison????? What a country.....

Former Grandhavenite

There are tons of different situations that qualify as CSC 2nd degree, but one of them specifically is:

"That other person is a prisoner or probationer under the jurisdiction of a county for purposes of imprisonment or a work program or other probationary program and the actor is an employee or a contractual employee of or a volunteer with the county or the department of corrections who knows that the other person is under the county's jurisdiction."

You can see the reason for banning these type of shenanigans from a moral or ethical standpoint too. If allowed, no doubt there would be some legit truly consensual relationships between prisoners and guards. It's also pretty much guaranteed that any attractive person in custody would soon find him or herself in a 'consensual' relationship with several different guards. When one person has authority over the other (boss-employee, guard-prisoner, etc) you pretty much have to assume that sex is non-consensual since otherwise both parties would claim otherwise and it would be a free-for-all in terms of abuse.

Edit: Sometimes late at night on Cinemax they run informative documentaries on the subject of prisoner-guard relationships.

Barry Soetoro

Just curious - did Direct TV cancel the Cartoon Network?

lady1983

@FormerGH, I have also seen those documentaries on late night Cinemax. They are nothing if not informative!!

TooMuch

He broke the law. He is in a position of authority. He should be punished according to the law. Networking or forcing himself on people he has authority over? What if it had been men? Would you be so flippant then?
@ Vlad, you're not funny, just offensive.

Vladtheimp

He broke the law. He is in a position of authority. He should be punished according to the law. Networking or forcing himself on people he has authority over?

Bill Clinton

tetrahydra

Thanks for the laugh troll.

Vladtheimp

You're welcome Trollette!

Tri-cities realist

Oh the hypocrisy...

tetrahydra

This man also sexual assaulted a woman Bill Clinton did not. Just another reminder of how vlad is a delusional clown.

Tri-cities realist

According to your own words Bill Clinton should have also served time.

Lanivan

So the tryst between authority figure Bill and intern Monica was breaking the law, eh? If that were true, our justice system failed miserably when married-to-a-sick wife authority figure Newt had a dalliance with aide Callista. I didn't think anything Bill did broke the law - he just lied about his affair to the American people, while everybody but the Repubs yawned and went about their business. It was the Repubs that were so hyperventilating with jealousy they managed to spend lots of money to "impeach" him in the House. How'd that turn out for ya'? Not to get off-topic or anything.

Barry Soetoro

...or married-to-a-sick wife authority figure John Edwards....

Lanivan

That's nice, but you're missing the point to the nuanced, off-topic theme of the thread by introducing a Democrat who sinned a decade later after Bill and Newt. Not cool. Please stay on-track with the off-topic thread....

Barry Soetoro

So sorry L. How about a new tshirt?

http://www.cafepress.com/mf/3932...

Lanivan

You have just presented me with a terrible conundrum. Now with a variety of t-shirts that are just my size, which one do I wear to the beer summit?

Barry Soetoro

We'll have it at the Kona Brewing Company and you won't have to worry about a t-shirt.

Lanivan

Ah, not sure what the Kona Brewing Company has to do with my t-shirt conundrum, but it is a lovely thought nonetheless, and the image of a brew summit in Hawaii stays fabulously on-track with this randomly off-topic thread. Nice job, Barry! Clink!

Tri-cities realist

Lanny I was just using the logic of our resident expert in jurisprudence (tetrahydra) to point out his/her hypocrisy. As for the inaccuracies regarding the law, take that up with tetrahydra.

Lanivan

Tri - I was replying to Vlad's comment, where he conflates the Clinton thing with this prison guard's thing. Which he has ignored - doesn't click with his narrative? Thanks for your response, even though it wasn't necessary.

Tri-cities realist

Not to speak for Vlad, but I believe he was doing the same thing I said: using tetrahydra's words to point out hypocrisy.

Lanivan

So you think Monica was responding to sexual assault, eh?

Tri-cities realist

Well I guess it depends on whether you consider using a person's position of authority to influence another, as sexual assault. I agree that at the time it was consensual between Clinton and Lewinsky, but the laws are often written without any distinction for consent. The laws seem to indicate that a subordinate cannot give consent, due to the nature of the relationship between the subordinate and the one in power. I'm not saying I agree with the laws as written, but according to most interpretations of the law, it would at least be considered sexual harassment.

At the time, I was surprised (well not really) by the lack of outcry by the feminists. Can you imagine their reaction if Bush would have done something like Clinton? No hypocrisy on their part, ha.

Lanivan

I thought there was plenty of feminist outcry, although, at that time, I admit I wasn't as tuned in to the political scene as I may be now. I do remember the outcry during the Clarence Thomas SCOTUS hearings. Anita Hill's testimony of sexual harassment was essentially dismissed - and Thomas was confirmed. Now that was a travesty of justice.

Lanivan

Were the inmates women or men? If women, did any get pregnant? If so, his defense should be,.."It was God's plan", and allow him custodial rights to the child.

If the inmates were male, throw the book at his sorry derriere.

Tri-cities realist

Hmm it appears my comment about his derrière and a book was scrubbed. Is derrière now a banned word? But Lanny gets to use it... Waaaaaaa. Oh well.

Lanivan

Maybe you misspelled it, using the 3-letter substitute for brevity's sake? I assure you I get no special treatment around here, having recently been called 'shrill', an 'agitator', and, 'mister'. Talk about inappropriate contact!....

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