Drunken Federal Corrections Officer Arrested After Grabbing Woman at Party

Eric Medina, 33, of Mascotte, a Corrections Officer at the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC) in Sumter County, was arrested by Polk County Deputies after grabbing a woman while drunk at a party in the Davenport area.

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According to the arrest affidavit, on January 2nd, Medina was at a party with some friends in Davenport. At around 2:00 a.m., he was asked to leave as he had become intoxicated and began to argue with his fellow partygoers. As Medina was leaving, the argument became more heated, and Medina got physical. He grabbed a woman by the arm against her will and left scratch marks.

Polk County Deputies were dispatched, and when they arrived, the victim told them that “everyone was drinking and having a good time when the suspect started acting weird.” She tried her best to calm Medina down, and that is when he grabbed her by the arm. The victim completed a victim statement that Medina did not have permission to grab her and wished to press charges.

“It is never all right to physically hurt someone, and as an officer at a federal correctional facility, Mr. Medina knew better. Now he has experienced the other side of jail lock-up,” said Polk Cunty Sheriff Grady Judd.

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Medina was transported to the Polk County Jail, where he was charged with a misdemeanor offense under Florida state statute 784.03, battery – touch or strike. He was later released after posting a $500 bond.

It is unknown now if Medina is under internal investigation at Coleman FCC for the battery arrest. As a correctional officer, I realize you must go hands-on frequently at work but not at a party with friends. In my opinion, at a minimum, he should be suspended from duty until further review by the Inspector General’s office for the Bureau of Prisons.

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