An Auburn corrections officer is facing accusations that he waterboarded and savagely beat to two inmates in two separate incidents at the Auburn Correctional Facility.
A New York Daily News report says Lieutenant Troy Mitchell and other guards are accused of pouring water over the mouths and noses of shackled inmates in two separate incidents.
Several requests for comment by the facility went unreturned on Monday, though they did release a statement.
Mitchell is also accused of injuring the inmates' genital areas.
The initial incident from 2016 was investigated, but the claims were unfounded. It wasn't until a second inmate came forward with identical claims that the investigation was reopened.
This is not the first time Mitchell has been accused of abusive behavior in the workplace. The report says he was accused of sexually harassing a female corrections officer in 2006. Mitchell was suspended without pay August 31.
The New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision issued the following statement Monday:
“This department has zero tolerance for any behavior that jeopardizes the safety and security of our facilities and the individuals who live and work there.
All allegations of abuse are thoroughly investigated by our revamped Office of Special Investigations and those found to be at fault face the toughest discipline allowable under the collective bargaining agreement.”