July 19, 2006
Attorney General Corbett announces charges against Somerset County corrections officer accused of smuggling drugs into county jail
HARRISBURG - Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit have filed criminal charges against a Somerset County corrections officer accused of smuggling heroin and other contraband into the Somerset County Jail.
Corbett identified the defendant as Jeremy Lensbouer, 30, 711 Sipesville Road, Sipesville, Somerset County.
Corbett said the criminal charges filed today against Lensbouer are the result of an investigation that began in May 2005 into allegations that drugs and other contraband were being smuggled to inmates in the Somerset County Jail. The case was referred to the Attorney General's Public Corruption Unit by Somerset County District Attorney Jerry Spangler.
According to the criminal charges, on May 30, 2005 officers conducted surveillance on the parking lot of the Somerset County Jail and observed an unidentified woman placing items into a vehicle belonging to Lensbouer, who was on-duty at the jail. A short time later, Lensbouer was observed leaving the jail, retrieving items from his vehicle, placing them into his socks and returning to the jail.
Corbett said that when Lensbouer reentered the jail he was confronted by officials about the items he had allegedly retrieved from his car. At that time, Lensbouer allegedly surrendered six small packets of suspected heroin along with tobacco rolling papers and cash. Testing of the packets by the Pennsylvania State Police Crime Lab confirmed the presence of heroin.
Lensbouer is charged with one count each of providing controlled substance contraband to confined persons, a second-degree felony with a mandatory minimum of at least two years in prison. The contraband charge has a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine.
Lensbouer is also charged with criminal conspiracy, a second-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine; possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine; and possession of a controlled substance, a third-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison and a $2,500 fine.
Lensbouer was preliminarily arraigned today before Somerset Magisterial District Judge Arthur Cook and released on his own recognizance. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m. before Magisterial District Judge Cook.
Corbett said Lensbouer will be prosecuted in Somerset County by Deputy Attorney General William F. Caye II.
(A person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)
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Editors' Note: A photo of the defendant and a copy of the criminal complaint are available by contacting the Attorney General's Press Office at 717-787-5211.