Crawford County Corrections Officer Charged with Assault of Inmate

| January 31, 2019

SAEGERTOWN BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – A corrections officer at the Crawford County Correctional Facility has been charged the assault of an inmate in relation to an incident in July.

Court documents indicate the following charges 32-year-old Bryan Michael Minman of Saegertown on Wednesday, January 30, in Magisterial District Judge Lincoln S. Zilhaver’s office:

– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
– Official Oppression – Arrest Search Etc., Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

According to a report released by Meadville-based State Police, it is alleged that on July 8, 2018, while employed as a corrections officer at the Crawford County Correctional Facility, Bryan Minman struck inmate Carl Gibson in the face, causing a fracture to the left side of his face.

According to police, the incident was caught on video and Gibson received prompt medical attention. He later underwent surgery to repair the bones in his face.

The incident came to the attention of Crawford County District Attorney Francis J. Schultz on August 29, 2018, when a citizen contacted him about Gibson’s injuries.

Police say through the investigation, it was determined that criminal charges were warranted.

According to GoErie.com, Gibson, who is no longer an inmate at the facility, has also filed a civil rights suit against Minman, Crawford County and another corrections officer in U.S. District Court, claiming that Minman and the other officer violated Gibson’s rights by using excessive force.

A preliminary hearing on the charges filed against Minman is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, February 27, with Judge Zilhaver presiding.


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