CO placed on paid administrative leave after child sex allegationsPosted by Jack Howser on Friday, July 20th, 2012 @ 2:52 pm.
Maier reported that he had received a complaint on June 20 of this year reference one of his correctional officers (jailer) of the past four or so years, Phillip Lowery II, 38, the complaint made by the father of a “minor female child,” involving allegation of sexual abuse of that child.
Maier said he investigated and determined that an outside agency should be acting as the investigative body, thus calling in ISP to handle it. Maier also contacted the Guardian Center to interview the young girl, and Maier himself attended the interview, which was conducted that very morning (June 20).
Lowery was placed on paid administrative leave from the jail on that same date pending the outcome of the investigation.
The latest step to occur would be that a charge of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Abuse was filed two days ago (July 18) by special prosecutor in the case, Mick Valentine of Edwards County, who’s stepping in to handle the case because of a conflict with having White’s duly-elected prosecutor T. Scott Webb handle it, as he acts as legal counsel for county employees and Lowery is still a county employee. The bail in the case was set at $100,000 ($10,000 cash)…which, when he turned himself in yesterday, Lowery posted.
Despite the fact that he’s getting paid, Lowery now, according to Maier, has no legal standing or authority as a corrections officer. While it hasn’t been confirmed, we suspect the reason for the PAID administrative leave, other than this is “merely a charge and not a conviction” is that White County is UNION, and you can’t just get rid of an employee of the sheriff’s department….a costly proposition to the citizens, as White County’s deputies and other employees are some of the highest paid in the coverage area.
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