Former Cuyahoga County Jail corrections officer sentenced

CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason sentenced Tim Thomas to six months in jail, to pay the county $2,500 in restitution and, when released, he will be on house arrest for four additional months and must report to a probation officer for a year.

He will serve his time in a municipal jail under protective custody because he is a former corrections officer.

Thomas, 40, of Cleveland, was a 20-year corrections officer with the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. He pleaded guilty to bribery and falsification charges Dec. 23 as part of a plea deal.

He will serve his time under protective custody at a municipal jail due to his former status as a corrections officer, prosecutors said.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Lance Mason also ordered Thomas to pay the county $2,500 in restitution.

Between December 2012 and August 2013, Thomas, a corrections officer at the Cuyahoga County Jail, accepted bribes in return for doing favors for prisoners.

Undercover investigators found that Thomas received at least $2,000 in cash plus a used car with a reported value of $500 in return for granting a prisoner special treatment.

He also used his position to delay that prisoner's court-ordered transfer to the state prison system, allowing the prisoner to remain at the county jail.


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