Jefferson County Jail Inmate Accused of Assaulting Corrections Officer

PINE CREEK TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A man currently incarcerated at the Jefferson County Jail is now facing additional charges after he is accused of assaulting a corrections officer.

Court documents indicate that the Punxsutawney-based State Police filed criminal charges against 36-year-old John Thomas Clark, an inmate at the Jefferson County Jail.

According to a criminal complaint, on Wednesday, March 21, Trooper Suprano was assigned to investigate a reported assault on a corrections officer which occurred at the Jefferson County Jail.

The victim related that he was serving lunch to the inmates, and when he approached John Clark‘s cell block, Clark allegedly spit on him through the food tray slot, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, video surveillance obtained from the jail showed that Clark lowered his head and mouth to the food tray opening and spit through it. After the slot was closed, Clark continued to spit on the inside of the cell window while verbally harassing the victim.

A copy of the surveillance video was entered into evidence.

Based on the investigation, the following charges were filed in Magisterial District Judge Gregory M Bazylak’s office:

– Assault By Prisoner, Felony 2
– Disorderly Conduct Hazardous/Physical Offense, Summary

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, with Judge Bazylak presiding.

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