Published October 06, 2013
Three Pennsylvania corrections officers are reportedly suspended for coaxing inmates into wacky stunts like snorting spicy Ramen Noodle powder and drinking a bottle of water laced with pepper spray foam – all in return for food and coffee.
The York Daily Record reports David Michael Whitcomb , 28, Mark Andrew Haynes, 26, and Daniel Graff, 37, were all charged with official oppression for orchestrating the so-called “Retard Olympics,” among those they were paid to oversee.
Inmates reportedly allege other stunts part-and-parcel of the bizarre affair included drinking a gallon of milk in an hour, eating a spoonful of cinnamon, snorting crushed candy and eating fruit with the peels intact.
The allegations principally stem from two inmates, one of whom is reportedly serving time for lying to authorities.
However, those two inmates -- David Michael Wright and James Williams Hicks Jr., both 27 -- also allege that the so-called “challenges” grew progressively violent, according to the York Daily Record.
Wright reportedly leveled a litany of allegations that included how the trio of officers once organized a wrestling match between him and Hicks – held in a closet – in which the winner received extra food and coffee.
The York Daily News reports Wright also said on another instance he wrestled Graff in a storage closet, and Whitcomb once promised him food if he would allow the officer to punch him in the leg to give him a “dead leg.”
In response, all three corrections officers have denied that any of what Wright and Hicks allege ever occurred.
Graff reportedly called the accusations a “get-rich-quick scheme,” and added, “They’ve been telling other inmates that they’re going to sue the York County Prison for millions of dollars. Personally, I think this is what this is.”
The abuse reportedly happened between Jan. 1 and July 1.
Authorities chanced upon the investigation while watching prison video in an attempt to discover who was behind graffiti in the prison’s south block, and instead allegedly saw Haynes grab Wright from both his back and neck.