Richland County, SC (WLTX) - A former Department of Juvenile Justice officer is accused telling other employees to hog-tie two juveniles as a form of punishment.
U.S. Attorney Beth Drake announced Thursday that an indictment had been handed down against Nicole Jenice Samples of Columbia.
The indictment says that back on January 1, Samples, a lieutenant at DJJ, directed the use of excessive force for two juveniles housed at DJJ who were making too much noise.
The document claims she ordered two of her subordinates to apply mechanical restraints, then asked for the hand restraints to be connected to the foot restraints, a practice known as “hog-tying."
The juveniles were allegedly left face down on their stomachs for over two hours. DJJ rules have limited use of restraints and forbid hog-tying of juveniles.
Acting DJJ Director Freddie Pough issued the following statement.
“We at DJJ make full review of allegations of abuse and/or mistreatment of all juveniles in our care, and we will not tolerate mistreatment by any staff or other residents. When this allegation was raised, after an initial review, we notified SLED, the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in order that there was a full investigation. No officer is above the law. I would like to thank our State and Federal counterparts for their support and assistance with this investigation.”