Sex Offender Earns $ 17.5 Million After Prison Guards Left Him Paralyzed
- Seth Fletcher, 21, was left with crippling spinal cord injuries after being accosted by guards.
- Fletcher has now won a civil liberties lawsuit against the state, winning $ 17.5 million in damages.
- Fletcher was also overwhelmed and left for hours without treatment.
Ohio State to Pay $ 17.5 Million to Man Convicted of Child Sex Offenses in Federal Civil Rights Case after Suffering Paralyzing Spinal Cord Injuries in Prison, His lawyer.
Seth Fletcher, 21, was paralyzed at Chalkier Correctional Facility when guards tackled him, handcuffed him and dropped him on his face in 2020.
According to the lawsuit, filed and reported by CBS News, two prison officers “in fact participated in, authorized, ratified and / or failed to intervene to prevent the sadistic, malicious and excessive use of force in the circumstances.”
The lawsuit also details how officers took to social media to brag about their actions, claiming they “did waterboarding [Fletcher] LMAO “when the injured Fletcher called for water.
Fletcher was jailed for child sex offenses at the age of 18, which the Daily Mail says his lawyer says involves a consensual videotape with his girlfriend, who was younger than Fletcher.
At the time of the incident, Fletcher was left untreated for hours, at which time he suddenly couldn’t move his legs, the Mail Online reported.
That night he told Acting Captain Ta-Rance White he couldn’t move, but no action was taken.
The next morning he was visited by a psychologist who called a doctor. Fletcher then underwent emergency spine surgery at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, the Mail Online reported.
Even after Fletcher was rushed to hospital, officers bragged about his injuries, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
“It feels good to know that I played a small part in the paralysis of an cho, LMAO,” texted ex-guard Garrett Osbon, who resigned as prison officer when from Fletcher’s trial (“Cho” or “chomo” is prison slang for a pedophile.)
Geoffrey Fieger, Fletcher’s attorney, said in a statement that “the torture and paralysis of a prisoner in America seems medieval. Yet it happened here in America in 2020″.
Fletcher is now quadriplegic and lives in a nursing home. His mother will use the payment to adapt her home to a wheelchair accessible environment where she can care for her son, according to the Columbus Dispatch report.