Monday, 27 August 2012
PA: Prisoner's booby-trapped locker sticks guard with dirty needle
STROUDSBURG, PA: A Monroe County prison guard searching an inmate's locker was stuck with a dirty needle the prisoner used first to draw his blood for a sugar test and then to booby trap his locker, authorities allege.
The inmate, Daniel Reposh, 43, of Stroudsburg, has been charged with aggravated assault, aggravated harassment by a prisoner, assault by a prisoner, recklessly endangering another person and possessing instruments of crime.
A news release form the Monroe County district attorney's office said the corrections officer was treated for a dirty needle stick and has returned to work but will remain under a doctor's care for future observation.
The corrections officer was injured while conducting a routine search of Reposh's locker for contraband about 9 a.m. Aug. 17. The officer's hand came in contact with the needle contained in a lancet pen diabetics use to draw their blood for sugar testing. The lancet, which Reposh had used on himself, had been attached with a bandage in an area where a person would place their hand to open the locker.
Monroe County District Attorney Detective Joseph Coddington questioned Reposh who said he purposely "booby trapped" his locker to keep people from opening it, the news release said.
Reposh remains in Monroe County Prison.