#childmolestor | Ohio will pay out $17.5m to man convicted of child sex offences after injuries from prison guards


Ohio will pay out $17.5m to man, 21, convicted of child sex offences after he suffered spinal cord injuries when prison guards tackled, handcuffed and dropped him then bragged about ‘paralyzing the dude, LMAO’

  • Seth Fletcher was tackled by guards at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, Ohio 
  • His injuries rendered him quadriplegic and he is now confined to a wheelchair
  • The 21-year-old will be awarded $17.5 million after the attack on April 2, 2020 


Ohio will pay out $17.5 million to man convicted of child sex offences after he suffered spinal cord injuries when was tackled to the ground by prison guards.

Seth Fletcher, 21, became paralyzed after prison guards at Chillicothe Correctional Institution tackled, handcuffed and dropped him following a strip search on April 2, 2020. 

During the search, guards reportedly discovered a cigarette on Fletcher, which they suspected also contained drugs. 

They handcuffed Fletcher and were escorting him to the segregated housing unit after 6pm when Corrections Officer Christopher Coy said said he tried to pull away. 

He tackled him to the ground and that moment, Fletcher suffered a severe spinal cord injury.

Seth Fletcher, 21, will be awarded $17.5m after he became paralyzed when prison guards at Chillicothe Correctional Institution in Ohio tackled him to the ground following a strip search in April 2020 (pictured in his wheelchair)

Fletcher said that he couldn’t feel or move his legs but guards failed to take his complaints seriously and dropped him multiple times on his face after the initial injury, according to The Columbus Dispatch. 

His requests for help to guards and nurses were ignored and it wasn’t until the following morning at 9.49am, when he was visited by psychologist Eric Anderson, that medical help was called. 

When Fletcher said he was unable to get himself a drink of water, guards poured water on his face and one later bragged about ‘paralyzing the dude, LMAO’. 

Fletcher said that he couldn't feel or move his legs but guards failed to take his complaints seriously and dropped him multiple times on his face after the initial injury. Pictured: Chillicothe Correctional Institution

Fletcher said that he couldn’t feel or move his legs but guards failed to take his complaints seriously and dropped him multiple times on his face after the initial injury. Pictured: Chillicothe Correctional Institution

One guard, Garrett Osbon, who later resigned from his corrections officer job amid Fletcher’s lawsuit, said in text messages: ‘The dude I broke his nose is now paralyzed with a broken neck, and they say his face looks like he had been dropped and dragged through concrete, LMAO’ 

He also wrote: ‘It feels good to know that I played a small part in paralysing a cho, LMAO’.

‘Cho’ or ‘chomo’ is a prison slang term for child molester and ‘LMAO’ is an a texting abbreviation for ‘laughing my a** off’.

The morning after the attack, Fletcher was taken to Ohio State Medical Center where he underwent emergency spinal surgery. 

He suffered critical injuries that rendered him quadriplegic, meaning he is paralyzed from the chest down, and he is now confined to a wheelchair.

Fletcher had been serving a two-year prison term at the facility (pictured) for pandering sexually-oriented material involving minors when he was 18 and and one guard later bragged about 'paralyzing a cho (child molester)' in text mesages

Fletcher had been serving a two-year prison term at the facility (pictured) for pandering sexually-oriented material involving minors when he was 18 and and one guard later bragged about ‘paralyzing a cho (child molester)’ in text mesages

Fletcher’s attorney, James J. Harrington IV of Fieger Law in Michigan said: ‘It is probably the most horrific case I’ve seen and I’ve been litigating police misconduct cases for 20 years.’ 

Fletcher had been serving a two-year prison term for pandering sexually-oriented material involving minors when he was 18. His attorneys allege the offense involved a consensually made videotape with his girlfriend, who was a couple years younger than Fletcher.

Fletcher is now living in an Alliance-area nursing home and his mother, April Jacobsen, said the settlement will go towards adapting her home to be wheelchair accessible so she can eventually care for her son there. 

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