|For Immediate Release
Case # 08CM11152
December 1, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
ORANGE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTY TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR PUNCHING JAIL INMATE IN
FACE WITH KEYS IN HAND
SANTA ANA – An Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) deputy assigned to guard the men’s jail will be arraigned tomorrow for punching an inmate in the face with a fist full of keys. Ryan Keith White, 29, Brea, is charged with one misdemeanor count of assault by a public officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail. White is expected to be arraigned tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2008, at 8:30 a.m. in Department C-46, Central Justice Center, Santa Ana.
On May 12, 2008, White was working as a deputy in the Orange County Central Men’s Jail. He was an 11-month veteran of the OCSD. White is accused of having inmate Blaine Bowker, 28, exit his cell in order to search for contraband and questioning Bowker about the whereabouts of contraband.
When White was unable to find the contraband, he is accused of becoming frustrated and kicking Bowker in the leg. He is accused of punching Bowker on the left side of his face using his right fist while holding a set of jail keys. The keys in White’s hand caused a small laceration to Bowker’s face, causing him to bleed and require a new jail shirt to replace the one covered in blood. Another deputy witnessed the assault but did not voluntarily report it.
The following day Bowker appeared in court for a hearing on his pending criminal case. His attorney noticed the cut on Bowker’s face and reported it to a sergeant at the jail. The OCSD conducted an investigation into the criminal conduct of their deputy and later presented the case to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
Bowker is in custody on felony charges (case #07SF0610) for three counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault, carjacking, criminal threats, first degree residential burglary, acquiring an access card to defraud, and sentencing enhancements for the personal use of a deadly weapon and causing great bodily injury. He has a pre-trial hearing scheduled Dec. 12, 2008, for his criminal case.
Deputy District Attorney Lynda Fernandez of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.