Police: SCI Forest Prisoner Charged with Aggravated Assault After Spitting in Correction Officer’s Face

| July 14, 2019

FOREST CO., Pa. (EYT) – An SCI Forest prisoner is facing an aggravated assault charge after allegedly spitting in a corrections officer’s face.

According to court documents, a third-degree felony charge was filed against 42-year-old Devon Smith, an inmate at SCI Forest, in District Magistrate Daniel L. Miller’s office on July 2.

The charge is the result of an incident that occurred around 3:42 p.m. on June 29 at SCI Forest located on Woodland Drive, in Jenks Township, Forest County.

According to a criminal complaint filed by Trooper Shawn Nicewonger, of Marienville-based State Police, on July 2, SCI Forest staff contacted PSP Marienville station around 8:06 p.m. on June 29, regarding inmate Devon Smith.

Smith is accused of spitting in the face of a corrections officer, the complaint states.

It was reported that around 3:38 p.m., inmate Smith was being transported between blocks when he became agitated and non-compliant. He was then restrained in the medical unit within the institution. During this restraint, Smith spat in the face of a corrections officer, causing saliva to come into contact with his mouth and eye, according to the complaint.

The corrections officer was subsequently medically cleared at Penn Highlands Brookville Hospital.

Trooper Nicewonger interviewed the corrections officer, and he confirmed the incident and stated that Smith also attempted to grab his pepper spray during the restraint.

Smith faces a third-degree felony charge of Aggravated Harassment By Prisoner.

A date for a preliminary has not been scheduled.

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