There’s nothing wrong with a little big-time wrestling. Unless, of course, you’re in jail.
Or worse, unless your job is to keep watch over the guys in jail.
So it’s really no surprise that a sheriff deputy was fired and two corrections officers resigned after it was revealed they had been wrestling with inmates on second shift. It all went down in Lancaster, Ohio, located about 35 minutes southeast of Columbus.
According to Fairfield County Sheriff Alex Lape, corrections officer Kyle Archibald, Dep. Shawn Pettit and corrections officer Landon Talbott each staged matches with inmates, presumably just for fun. Nobody got hurt, nobody escaped, and nobody received has yet been signed to a WWE contract (as far as we know).
In fact, per on the inmates, there were even handshakes and hugs after the matches, which were “purely consensual.”
But that doesn’t make it a good idea.
What was supervisors saying?
We didn’t become aware of it for five days,” Lape said. “One of the other employees waited five days and then went to her supervisor and reported it. At that particular time when supervision became aware we placed the three on administrative leave.
“In 30 years I thought I’d seen just about everything. I saw that video and I said you’ve got to be kidding. I don’t know whether they (employees) took the bait of the challenge from the inmates. Just don’t know. I couldn’t get really a direct answer on that.”
He added that the matches took place just one night, as far as he knows.
“This is ridiculous,” Lape said. “It’s unacceptable behavior and it won’t be tolerated. The people of the county elected me to manage their jail and I’m going to do that to the best of my ability. I’m certain that they would not approve of this kind of stuff. It tarnishes the reputation of all the men and women of the sheriff’s office that are doing this job for the right reasons.”