DA: Prison guard stole from inmate

A prison guard at the George W. Hill Correctional Facility was arrested for stealing from an inmate, according to a press release.

Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said Daniel McEnhill, 33, of Ridley Park, is charged with theft by unlawful taking or disposition. The arrest comes at the conclusion of an investigation conducted by Det. Lisa DeMartini of the Delaware County District Attorney Criminal Investigations Division, Special Investigations Unit with assistance from investigators of the George W. Hill Correctional Facility.

Daniel McEnhill

Daniel McEnhill

An investigation was launched in early June into a grievance filed by prison inmate Christopher Channel. According to the inmate, he never received a receipt for his $108 cash that was taken by McEnhill during the intake process.

In response to the inmate’s grievance, Investigator Donald Beese of the George W. Hill Correctional Facility along with other supervisors viewed video surveillance footage from the Intake Unit on May 16. In the video, McEnhill is observed counting the money he took from the inmate. He is then observed placing the cash into an envelope and placing it into his pant pocket while walking away from the desk.

During a June 16 interview with investigators, the press release said, McEnhill provided a written statement saying he located the $108 cash in the inmate’s underwear, which he placed in an envelope and passed onto the second shift officers.

After giving his statement, investigators told him about the surveillance video showing the incident and what actually took place during the intake process.

On June 29, an investigation was conducted by DeMartini that confirmed McEnhill took the $108 in cash from the inmate and placed into his pant pocket for his own keeping.

“The actions of Daniel McEnhill are a violation of the public’s trust and undermine the credibility of the criminal justice process,” said the district attorney. “We commend authorities at the George W. Hill Facility for their swift action into the incident which they brought to our attention for further investigation leading to a successful arrest by Det. DeMartini.”

McEnhill was arraigned and bail was set to $10,000 unsecured. The preliminary hearing is scheduled for August 25, 2016.

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