Teen inmates charged with attacking CO

The Adirondack Correctional Facility in Ray Brook, seen in June 2013 as a medium-security state prison for adults, was converted last year into a prison for teenage males called the Adirondack Adolescent Offender Facility. It was originally a state hospital for tuberculosis patients. (Photo provided — Marc Wanner, Historic Saranac Lake)

RAY BROOK — Two teenage inmates accused of attacking a corrections officer at the Adirondack Adolescent Offender Facility here were charged May 10 with assault and strangulation, almost three months after the alleged attack.

State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision spokesperson Thomas Mailey said two teens incarcerated at the facility have been charged with one count each of assault and strangulation. The New York State Police obtained warrants for their arrest following the alleged attack Feb. 18.

The union that represents the state’s corrections officers, the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association, said in February that one inmate choked and beat a corrections officer nearly to unconsciousness during a physical altercation as another inmate punched the guard several times. At the time, DOCCS said three inmates were involved in the altercation.

Three corrections officers who were hurt while trying to de-escalate the incident are currently on extended leave, according to Mailey.

NYSCOPBA Northern Region Vice President John Roberts said in February the altercation was “unprovoked” and “an example that our officers need the necessary resources, like (Oleoresin Capsicum) spray,” also called pepper spray.

NYSCOPBA did not immediately respond to a request for updated information on the case.

Mailey said the DOCCS Office of Special Investigations and the New York State Police continue to investigate the altercation.