SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A Lackawanna County prison guard is off the job tonight and facing criminal charges.
Scott Blume of Dunmore has been charged with assault for an incident that allegedly took place behind bars two months ago.
On September 24th, detectives say Sergeant Scott Blume grabbed an inmate by the throat, pulled his hair and then sprayed him twice with a pepper-spray like material.
The accuser’s family is angry and horrified by the entire situation.
“I want his job gone and his pay gone,” the accusers mother said.
Eyewitness News sat down Monday with the mother of the Lackawanna County prison inmate who claims he was assaulted.
We are not identifying her in order to protect her son’s identity after he was allegedly assaulted by prison sergeant Scott Blume.
Blume is now facing simple assault charges for allegedly grabbing the inmate by the throat and using a pepper-spray like material on him while he was naked.
“I consider it a sexual assault if you’re naked and someone is spraying your genitals and I just find it disgusting,” the accusers mothers said.
The accuser’s mother showed us a hand-written letter from her son describing the incident in which he says he was “in pain for four days.”
Prosecutors say a majority of the incident was caught on video.
“We determined that the conduct, as we saw it, rose to the level of criminal charges,” Lackawanna County District Attorney Shane Scanlon said.
According to court documents, Sergeant Blume got into the fight with the inmate after he was removed from his regular cell for having contraband and refused to put on a “Restrictive Housing Unit” uniform.
The accuser’s mother says the incident came to light only after her son raised concerns.
“He found a way to get a letter out to Judge Geruolo who is also on the prison board and he stepped-up,” the accuser’s mother said.
Sergeant Blume has worked at the Lackawanna County prison for the last 14 years.
Court records even indicate he is a training officer who instructs others in the use of force, including OC Spray.
Efforts to contact Frank Bolock, a defense attorney who is listed for Scott Blume, were unsuccessful Monday afternoon.
County officials say Blume is currently on paid administrative leave.
In addition to this case, six other Lackawanna County prison guards are also under investigation based on sexual assault claims made by a female inmate in June.