Friday, March 7, 2014

Busted at Eastham

 
 
 
Staff Reporter
Lovelady, Texas
A former 23-year-old prison guard at the Eastham Unit in Lovelady was arrested on suspicion of taking a $600 bribe from an offender to bring him tobacco in to the unit Wednesday.  
Kevin Vallery was arrested by the TDCJ Office of Inspector General and charged with suspicion of bribery, a second-degree felony, and suspicion of possession of a prohibited substance in a penal institution and was incarcerated in the Houston County Jail where he was bonded out on a $25,000 bond.
Vallery's supervisor became suspicious he was concealing contraband after he notice what appeared to be two bundles in his pants.  Vallery was taken to the Wardens Office where he pulled two bundles of tobacco out of his pants and admitted to receiving $600 from an offender to bring the tobacco into the unit. 
OIG investigators conducted a search of Vallery's vehicle in the unit parking lot, where $600 in cash was found in the center console.

25 comments:

  1. $600 that's all?????? Now he will be wearing white, working for convicts as a mule and TDCJ in the kitchen scrubbing pots and pans for NOTHING. When you play the game convicts win every time. You go to prison and guess who really runs the prisons... It ain't no one in gray. He's now going to be muling for free or performing some other tallant convicts enjoy.

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    1. Actually it was $1200 $600 on him & $600 in his car

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    2. This is a big example of what extent guards go to make good dirty money and they make their own choice imagine making an extra 4/5 grand a month of lets say 8/12 inmates that alone but the corruption goes on and that kind of activities this guards exercise can create a dangerous outcome and whats really pathetic is the guards seem to just feel unresponsible for their actions and blame anyone else but themselves and then use some ol line oh I was made to do it no hon greed and your morals are to blame


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    3. As I said and you can hate to hear logic all you want but no one forced you nor put a gun to your head to exercise corruption sorry hon it was your greed and morals and your sole action and its guards like you that create dangerous outcomes as it has happened at other units then when the crap hits the fan you always want to find someone else to blame and act as if you were force never accepting responsibility for your actions imagine making 4/5 grand off 8/ 12 inmates and then when you wanna quit its too late cause by then you are already in deep crap with dangerous gangs but it was all your choice alone then someone gets hurt or worst killed and you find the first to blame sorry mister accept your responsibility and quit your wishhhhing

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  2. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    Well, my goodness.

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    1. Dumb. Robot
      Cop
      He.is
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      the only he.just got.caught

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  3. I hope they sent him to Eastham. Dirty "guards" give hardworking CO's a bad name... Shame on you to Brad for hiring trash!!!! You should have backed the officers up on a pay raise like DPS's director did. Thanks for selling us out for your $43,000 pay raise!!!!

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    1. From The Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

      Actually, Brad got a $70,000 per year pay raise, not $43,000.

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  4. This is a complaint over my own situation with TDCJ, an not specific to this issue, though I did know, and worked with, officer Vallery. He seemed like a good guy, and I was surprised to hear of his gaffe.

    I worked at Eastham from August 16th, 2010 to July 8th, 2013 (at the academy from July 8th through August 13th, 2010). I voluntarily left TDCJ turning in a full 5 cycles (45 days) of notice, because I could not find a minimum security opening to which I could transfer anywhere in NE TX. I spent approximately my last 9 months looking for such.
    I recently reapplied to TDCJ, and, after submitting my new application, TDCJ sent me a questionnaire as to my 5 main reasons for leaving (out of a list of about 25 choices. I listed my reasons (the lack of a transfer chief among them) and returned the questionnaire to TDCJ.
    I was accepted as a rehire, but only as a CO III; I’d been a CO IV for more than 6 months prior to leaving. Why the demotion? I was given no reason for it.
    I made it very clear, when I reapplied, that I was only interested in a minimum security position, anywhere in NE TX, along with my need of a BOQ room.
    TDCJ called to inform me that Michael and Coffield units (co-located, near Palestine) had openings. I called both of them, to explain my desire for a minimum security position, and was told, politely but firmly, that, as a new hire / rehire, I would not be given any such position.
    TDCJ also mentioned that Ellis and Estelle had openings, as well, though, after the emphatic refusal from the Michael and Coffield units, I saw no reason to put the same request to either of them, knowing that I would obtain the same response, in a similar, brusque manner.
    I have no other options available to me, and, even though my money is now running out, I would rather continue to live in my car, than to accept any post with TDCJ that requires me to oversee any of the serious offenders. I’m sorry for all those who disagree with my feelings, however strongly, but I cannot change them, any more than any of you are able to change your own.
    If I thought that I had any chance of success, I would sue TDCJ for a permanent, inside picket rotation, as, from my experiences at Eastham, I learned that there are several officers who cannot stand picket duty, while such was actually my preferred duty post.
    Though I hope this missive helps my case, I doubt very much that it will make any difference at all, as TDCJ seems to continue in whatever reactive responses they always seem to choose for all situations, rather than being proactive and preplan for possible serious situations.
    TDCJ keeps complaining that they cannot retain good quality officers (I assume that I am one, since I would not have qualified for rehire otherwise). Yet, they drove me away, unwilling to provide me any help at all in obtaining the minimum security position that I desired.

    I appreciate you time in reading this.

    Joseph C. Bernier, former CO IV, AdSeg, Eastham Unit, Lovelady, TX.

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    1. He is just pissed off because he was always working Level 3 wings on Mondays, haircuts the next day and then wanting pickets the rest of the week while the rest of his coworkers busted our asses doing the things he didn't want to do... Hey Bernier how about you tell them how you would cater to the inmates that you didnt want to be around??

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    2. sounds like a scared pussy to me

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  5. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten:

    When you open your own prison you can work any assignment you want.

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  6. A prison is no place for scared people.

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    1. Best response ever thankyou

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  7. If your not a little scared your either a liar or a damn fool and you better wake up and realize where your at SUPERMAN.

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  8. So you let your fear dictate that you will not work with "bad" inmates? NEWSFLASH: they are all bad, minimum security included.

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  9. There is no difference between a G1 inmate and an 3A seg. More officers are killed by trusty offenders than seg inmates. All custody of offenders are dangerous. It's just some of them try to hurt you all the time, while others will wait until you have your guard down.

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  10. No superman here, but there is a difference in respecting the perils of the job and being so scared that you only want to work around safe i.e. minimum security inmates.

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  11. There is No such a thing as a safe inmate. But I agree you have to be willing to work around all custody levels.

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  12. Sorry, forgot to put quotation marks on safe. That, to me, seems to be Mr. Bernier's rationale for wanting to only work minimum custody. An inmate is an inmate.

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    1. From the Desk of BoBoTheBeaten.

      Plus he's a "pussy".

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  13. And, a DUMB ASS!

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  14. I hated working with those lazy asses when I work at murry. All inmates are dangerous and if you want to make easy money sitting on your ads somewhere safe go run a 2nd grade class. If you want to earn easy money managing serial killers rapests and identity theives welcome to tdcj

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  15. I worked at PL State Jail as a CO 3 and that's all I knew was being a rover supervising over 200 inmates at a time and you get used to it, besides being a picket boss actually leaves you a bit complacent at times and it leaves you out of touch with the mindset of the inmates. there is no such thing as a easy post or job assignment at any facility where convicts are........Your senses should always heightened at all times.

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  16. How does an inmate get possession of 600dollars? Mmm makes me wonder what's really going on?

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