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The visitation entrance of the Davis County Jail is shown here Monday, July 31, in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Three male corrections deputies known as “team sexual harassment” by some female staff members swarmed around young clerks in the Davis County Jail for at least two years, while two senior sheriff’s office commanders failed to stop it, according to documents from a human resources investigation.

The deputies flirted with new female employees, harassed them for phone numbers and otherwise pestered the women with sexually suggestive banter, not stopping even after being rebuffed by the women, say the reports, obtained with an open records request.

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The reports detail dozens of incidents, including a deputy grabbing a clerk’s buttock while she used an exercise machine in the jail gym in 2016.

One of the deputies was found by investigators to have sexually touched a female staff member in the back of a car en route to the funeral of a staff member’s relative. The same deputy masturbated into a paper cup and gave it to a clerk, saying it was her daily protein serving, the investigation said.

The investigation, which began in January after female jail employees came forward, concluded in March. One deputy quit before disciplinary actions were formalized. Another was put on unpaid leave for five days and the other for two days.

The command officers, Chief Deputy Sheriff Kevin Fielding and Capt. Enrique Jaquez, were demoted. Sheriff Todd Richardson demoted Fielding to captain’s rank and Undersheriff Brent Peters knocked Jaquez down to lieutenant.

The county Human Resources Department investigation said multiple employees alleged the actions of “team sexual harassment” — also known as the “sexual harassment trio” and “the creeper crew” — made female employees leave the sheriff’s office. Fielding and Jaquez were aware and did not document the problems, reports said.

“On grave shift they would all flock to the (jail) pod,” one female staff member said. “They were looking for a relationship with us. They were not looking for friendship. Very persistent.”

Another said, “The clerks were warning other young and attractive clerks to be careful around these guys.”

The three deputies, identified as Nicholas Chard, Larry Hubbard and Preston Ellsworth, were informally counseled in 2014 by lower-level supervisors to quit harassing young female clerks, and in 2016, after the buttock-grabbing incident, were told to not work out in the gym at the same time as young female staff members.

One line supervisor interviewed about the gym incident said Jaquez responded, “Whatever” and “blew it off.”

“Fielding was aware of an internal subculture of employees who regularly engage in conversation about their own sexual activities and-or draw naked pictures of their female partners and did not address it,” the HR office reported.

“This is not a secret,” one employee told the investigators. “It has been going on because of the good ol’ boys club.”

The employee said one line supervisor of the trio “protected his boys. Everything goes to Fielding and stops there. There was a pattern of things going to Jaquez and Fielding and dying there.”

The three deputies also were members of a private Facebook group in which participants posted nude photos, including those of some co-workers, the reports said.

Ellsworth tried to get a clerk’s cell phone number after he had been told to leave her alone, according to the reports.

Ellsworth also was found to have been exchanging sexually explicit text messages with a female deputy, who was not his wife.

Deputy Chard stalked an 18-year-old former jail inmate, showing up at her workplace while off duty and harassing her with emails, instant messages and Facebook posts, investigators said. Her mother complained to jail commanders but no action was taken.

Hubbard and the other two trapped a female clerk in a jail hallway and would not let her pass without a hug, the report said. Another jail employee saw the incident, in which the woman pushed and fought the embrace.

In their interviews with Human Resources, the three denied flagrant conduct and explained it as harmless office camaraderie.

Staff members told investigators there was a lack of accountability by the jail leadership.

“They reference a saying in Corrections, which is, ‘When I mess up, I sure hope there is enough room left under the rug.’”

Jaquez said he was aware of some problems but may not have deserved written discipline.

“I had a sense in the beginning these guys were predators and taking advantage,” he told investigators. “We heard rumors that these officers would always gather in the areas where the young clerks were. The complaints were not that they were harassing. It was … they were spending too much time with the pretty girls. The complaints were too nebulous.”

The Human Resources investigation addressed policy violations only. Sexual harassment is subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal. Richardson, the elected sheriff, is responsible for any disciplinary decisions. 

(9) comments

leykis101

Sorry Cindy, but do you really believe this is even near the worst or most vile of the goings? This is merely the very few things that have been discovered, and u have to stop and think, how probable is it that merely and only 3 employees would have only done this a few times, and been caught for it,like with theft, or cheating, etc.u always have to seriously wonder just how much had truly gone on, up to the point of being caught, I know as does everyone who's ever done time in Weber or Davis, on either side of the glass,some of the nefarious and sinister underhanded and crooked bullspit that does and had gone on for years, to most inmates they never know if or when they'll be back in there, that would be a bad choice to ever out any dirt and most of the good deputy's have to go work there, where they are highly out numbered by the shady ones, so u see the minor problem that looks here, like that Queensryche song says, Who do you trust when everyone's a crook?I'm sorry to hear about your daughter btw, my good friends brother was Matt Hall, who appearantly commited suicide??? In Weber County last year, my heart goes out to you.

fergkase11

Let’s just say any other person was to fill a cup full of j*** and give it to a woman, well he would for sure go to prison as well he should. 

cynthia

I can't believe what I am reading, this is sick!!! My daughter died there in that facility and now this? I have been digging and as I've dug, more comes out! Justice for all!!! These guys need to go!!! No job, no 401, no pension, no nothing! They deserve jail time!

colewallwork16

how do you think these clowns treat the women inmates fire all these guys.  

flatlander

The good ol' boys sure do take care of each other, don't they?

colewallwork16

how are these guys and the bosses not fired. Now one more reason cops have a bad rep. What private company allows this. Fire them now.

gwenr

So, this deputy shoves a cup of his bio-hazard, bodily fluids at the clerk and somehow that's not an assault? What's his HIV status? She needs to require him to be tested as the potential for her to be exposed to disease is a valid concern. Lawyer up girls - This needs to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

leykis101

Yeah Gwen these are the same baby's who pushed for auto Felony 3 for spitting in the area an officer is even present, I sincerely can't think of any frame of mind where I would even think it was humorous let alone becoming(sorry no pun intended) to load into a cup and present it to anyone, even for me that's just to out of line and I'm the sickest out there, that's just not amusing or civilized in any level I've been able to think of, except at a donation clinic, what kind of guy would even think of that let alone think it was ok? I know, a completely ostracized and bullied dork, who went out and got himself a revenge badge and took his 1st and only form of any kind of power he had ever felt, and doesn't have the 1st clue how to handle his new given power, and that's what many of these guards are, guys who were forced to push pennies down the hall in highschool or guys who were pantsed in front of the cheerleaders, that's the kind of guys we are talking about here.

padanney

If they do that to their coworkers, what are they doing to other females?

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