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Investigation shows no foul play in hanging of inmate

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Greene County Sheriff's Department internal investigation into the jailhouse hanging of an inmate on Nov. 23 has concluded that no foul play was involved.

The inmate, Dallas D. Gose, 34, of Jasonville, died three days later on Nov. 26 at IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

In a prepared statement released Tuesday afternoon GCSD Chief Deputy Major Michael L. Hasler stated that Gose was discovered hanging by his neck with a bed sheet at about 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 23.

"Once Gose was discovered, inmates in the same area and jail officers were able to remove Gose and provide medical assistance," Major Hasler wrote.

The inmate was transported to Greene County General Hospital in Linton and was later transferred to the hospital in Bloomington.

Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer told the Greene County Daily World that Gose died from injuries associated with asphyxiation.

"Prior to the incident, Gose had not exhibited any signs that he was going to harm himself," Hasler stated in the news release. "Two security cameras captured the incident and confirmed there was no foul play and no other individuals involved."

Gose was being held on one count of sexual misconduct with a minor ---- a class B felony, and one count of sexual misconduct with a minor ---- a class C felony.

The charges were filed Oct. 22.

Gose, who was being held on a $20,000 surety bond, was scheduled for a jury trial on March 5, 2013.

Gose was arrested Oct. 31 after he was accused of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl in Linton's A.M. Risher Pool, while adults and children witnessed it, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by Greene County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Julie Criger.

On June 9, Gose allegedly became upset with pool lifeguards and officials who advised him that his behavior with the young girl was in violation of the pool's policy against public display of affection. Linton police were called.

The girl told investigators that she and Gose left the pool on June 9 and went behind the nearby bowling alley and did engage in a sex act, Criger wrote in the probable cause affidavit.

Gose, who had an extensive criminal history, was also facing misdemeanor battery and public intoxication charges in Monroe County, and had been slated to attend his next court hearing yesterday.

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"Two security cameras captured the incident and confirmed there was no foul play and no other individuals involved."

Ahem, aren't people being paid to monitor the security cameras?

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 4:42 PM

lulu54, I did not blame anyone, you need to reread apparently.

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Tue, Dec 4, 2012, at 7:56 PM

Sounds to me like dorinda is putting blame towards persons who are to be watching the cameras.

Otherside, I fully agree, sorry for his family, but definitely a win win for the total picture

-- Posted by miner_14 on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 6:42 AM

Just address the question please.

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 7:44 AM

I will address your question. It does not seem to me that you are assigning blame, it is a valid concern.

My first suspicion is that the Greene County jail is undermanned, and there was no-one watching the monitor at the time. If someone was, then appropriate action surely would have been taken.

I would also suspect that whoever was assigned the monitoring task also had several other tasks assigned to him/her as well.

Anyone who has knowledge of the situation is free to correct me or add detail.

We could move the debate towards what the correct staffing level of the facility is. Is it appropriate to have personnel whose only task is to watch monitors 24/7? I doubt that Greene County could afford that.

-- Posted by Lil' Hahn on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 8:15 AM

Thank you Lil' Hahn. lulu54, once again you're assuming I made accusations of blame when, in fact, I merely posted a question of legitimate concern.

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 9:52 AM

Would seem that since he was alive at arrival at Greene Co General and then was apparently alive when arrived at Bloomington Hospital, there surely was not very much time between the incident and the disovery.

-- Posted by swa on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 12:29 PM

lulu, your analytic logic is severely flawed as displayed by your attempts to try to convince me that I have made accusations and your lack of understanding of the video monitoring system.

Are you not even aware that the cameras incrementally and sequentially switch views from one to another, yet can also be controlled at will, and that the viewing of is done at a manned console?

"240 in salaries per camera per day"


-- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 12:49 PM

Save it ...

-- Posted by dorindaJ on Wed, Dec 5, 2012, at 1:18 PM

I get what you are saying dorindaJ and leave it at that...My only ? is this, why do we have the camera's if they are not being monitored 24/7? What's the point? Is it just to observe what already has taken place or as a preventative measure? IMO, it should be for both. And I would think that having 3 people on 8 hr shifts watching camera's 24/7 wouldn't cost the county that much and it would add 3 more jobs when jobs are so desperately needed today which we all should know that more jobs only stimulates the economy in our county or elsewhere.

And miner_14, you say you're sorry for the family of this man and yet then add it's a win win situation, sounds contradicting to me and self-righteous, again jmo and maybe I misunderstood...

but every life is precious in God's sight even someone in jail who has done wrong in God's and humanity's sight,not saying they shouldn't reap the consequences of the wrong they have done but it is sad to me that anyone would take their own life for they must have to feel as hopeless as one can feel to choose to do so and unfortunately it is occuring more often today than ever before.

-- Posted by sassy12 on Thu, Dec 6, 2012, at 2:36 PM

As usual, I got in on this a little late, but actually, the inmates found him, got him down and did CPR.

-- Posted by skyrocket on Sat, Dec 8, 2012, at 8:29 PM

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