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Cuyahoga County investigating allegations that new jail warden 'used force' against female inmate

Also under scrutiny for different allegation
Posted at 2:05 PM, Mar 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-05 18:25:09-05

CLEVELAND — The man hired last summer to run the troubled Cuyahoga County Jail is himself now under investigation.

Watch News 5 at 5 p.m. for investigator Scott Noll's report on this developing story.

A Cuyahoga County spokesperson confirmed to 5 On Your Side investigators that Warden Greg Croucher is the focus of not just one but two separate investigations.

The first one involves the use of force against a woman inside the jail earlier this week.

Sources say it happened inside the jail's sally port area as the woman was being brought in for booking.

The sheriff's office is investigating claims that Croucher used force against that woman, the county spokesperson said.

Investigators are also looking into allegations that Croucher ordered an on-duty corrections officer to drive him to the airport in his personal car, according to the county official.

These are currently just accusations that are being investigated by the sheriff's office. Croucher has not been placed on leave or disciplined.

Croucher was hired as the new warden last July from Minnesota where he worked as a state jail inspector.

Croucher's predecessor, ex-warden Eric Ivey, is currently on probation after he pleaded guilty to obstructing justice and falsification charges last summer.

Those charges are connected to allegations that Ivey ordered a jailer to turn off his body camera during an incident involving the death of an inmate and then lied about it to investigators.

There's no word from the county as to how long the investigation into Croucher’s allegations could take.

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