Salus Populi Suprema Lex Esto
Please E-mail suggested additions, comments and/or corrections to Kent@MoreLaw.Com.
Help support the publication of case reports on MoreLaw
United States of America v. Christopher Loring
Case Number: 3:18-cr-00085-TAD-KLH
Judge: Terry A. Doughty
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (Caddo County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Mary Mudrick and Anita Channapati
Defendant's Attorney: Lavalle Bernard Salomon
Shreveport, LA - Former Supervisor at Louisiana Correctional Facility Pleads Guilty to Violating Civil Rights of Five Inmates
Christopher Loring, a former officer at the Richwood Correctional Center, pleaded guilty for his role in a conspiracy to cover up the physical assault of five inmates by officers. Loring, 27, of Winsboro, Louisiana, pleaded guilty to conspiring with other officers to falsify documents with intent to obstruct and influence the investigation of a matter within federal jurisdiction.
“The blatant abuse of power and the obstruction of civil rights will not be tolerated by the Department,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband. “The Civil Rights Division will continue to protect the victims of these abuses and prosecute those who violate their civil rights.”
“Abuse of prisoners is illegal and tarnishes the reputation of those correctional officers who work hard every day to perform their duties with distinction and professionalism,” U.S. Attorney Joseph stated. “To maintain the fairness and integrity of the American justice system, my office will hold accountable any who violate the civil rights of those under their custody.”
According to his guilty plea, Loring worked as a correctional officer at the Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, where on Oct. 30, 2016 he and other officers abused inmates and then conspired to cover it up. According to Mr. Loring, he and other officers sprayed a chemical agent directly in the faces and eyes of five inmates while the inmates were handcuffed, compliant, kneeling on the floor, and not posing a physical threat to anyone. Following that abuse, Mr. Loring and the other officers conspired to hide their conduct by submitting false reports.
Roderick Douglas, a former supervisor at the Richwood Correctional Center, pleaded guilty in federal court on Jan. 31 for his role in the conspiracy to violate the civil rights of five inmates.
The count of conviction carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a criminal fine of up to $250,000. Mr. Loring is scheduled to be sentenced on July 3, 2019 by U.S. District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the Western District of Louisiana, who accepted the plea.
The Monroe Division of the FBI investigated the case.
Outcome: 02/21/2019 139 ELECTRONIC MINUTE ENTRY as to Christopher Loring (2): Change of Plea Hearing set for 3/13/2019 at 1:30 PM in Monroe, 2nd floor before Judge Terry A Doughty. Signed by Judge Terry A Doughty on 2/21/2019. (crt,Crawford, A) (Entered: 02/21/2019)