Prison Beating Suspects Indicted In Delco, 9 Current And Former Guards Hit, Kicked And Punched 4 Inmates, A U.s. Grand Jury Said.

Posted: January 10, 1997

Nine former or current Delaware County Prison guards were indicted yesterday on charges of beating inmates who were handcuffed and being moved around the prison in 1994.

The federal grand-jury indictment accuses the guards of striking four inmates with batons and kicking, beating and punching them.

Two of the inmates allegedly were beaten while being transported to and from the prison infirmary and a third while inside the infirmary, according to the indictment, announced by U.S. Attorney Michael R. Stiles.

The guards are former correctional officer Anthony D. Mettimano, 32, of Collingdale; former Cpl. Joseph C. Ianncelli, 38, of Upper Darby; retired Lt. Alva C. Kulp, 54, of Aston; Cpl. Patrick L. Quigley, 34, of Folsom, who has since been promoted to sergeant; former correctional officer Joseph R. Grawl, 25, of Aston; correctional officer Eric Rich, 26, of Folsom, who since has taken a different job at the prison; former Cpl. Charles L. Cartwright, 53, of Tavares, Fla.; former correctional officer Jamie J. Campbell, 23, of Folsom; and former correctional officer Michael J. Regan, 29, of Broomall.

The charges include depriving inmates of civil rights, and aiding and abetting in depriving them. Regan was also charged with two counts of perjury after he allegedly lied to the grand jury in February.

The charges stem from what Stiles said was a continuing investigation led by the FBI into the conduct of correctional officers at the prison.

According to the indictment, Mettimano and Cartwright assaulted inmate Robert Taylor on March 16, 1994, by striking him with a baton and kicking, punching and beating him while he was being transported to and from the infirmary.

On April 16, the indictment says, Kulp, Cartwright, Campbell, Ianncelli, Mettimano and Regan assaulted inmate Ronald Seaton while he was handcuffed and on his way through the center control area to and from the infirmary.

On May 28, inmate Winfield Jones was allegedly kicked, punched and beaten by Ianncelli, Mettimano and Quigley, the indictment says. Jones was handcuffed and being transported through a secluded hallway of the prison known as ``Z.''

In 1994, Jones sued the prison, the Prison Board, the warden, three guards and three other prison employees, seeking damages. The case later became a class-action suit. Last spring, the prison agreed to settle the case and to pay the 20 plaintiffs a total of $28,000. Officials admitted no wrongdoing and agreed to procedural changes at the prison.

Finally, on July 20, 1994, Kulp, Cartwright, Campbell, Grawl and Rich assaulted inmate Kenneth Hawkins while in the infirmary and while he was being moved to the prison's behavior-modification unit, the indictment says.

The perjury counts charge Regan with lying to the grand jury on two occasions in February about the incidents involving Seaton and Taylor.

Prison Warden Ray Andrews and Charles P. Sexton Jr., chairman of the Prison Board, could not be reached for comment last night.

Mike Pelleriti, an executive board member of the Delaware County Independent Employees Union and a prison guard, declined to comment, saying he was unaware of the indictments.

At the time of the alleged offenses, the prison was managed by Delaware County employees. The county has since subcontracted the operation to Wackenhut Corrections Corp., which took on most of the staff as its private employees.

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