February 27, 2019
Florida Correctional Officers Arrested
CROSS CITY, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections’ (FDC) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced the arrest of Correctional Officers Ronald Hendricks and Klinton Cooper and former officer James MacArthur. Hendricks is charged with tampering with and/or fabricating evidence, official misconduct and perjury when not in an official proceeding. Cooper is charged with tampering with and/or fabricating evidence, two counts of official misconduct and perjury when not in an official proceeding. Mac Arthur is charged with malicious battery, four counts of tampering with and/or fabricating evidence and four counts of official misconduct.
The OIG acknowledges the cooperation and assistance from Jeff Siegmeister, State Attorney of the Third Judicial Circuit of Florida and Dixie County Sheriff Dewey H. Hatcher.
For more information on the Department’s Office of the Inspector General, please visit: http://www.dc.state.fl.us/orginfo/ig.html.
Click here to see the affidavit. The following exemptions apply to the redactions:
Medical, psychological, and dental records, without a properly executed DC4-711B Consent for Release form. § 945.10(1)(a), 456.057(7)(a), F.S., 45 C.F.R., § 164.502.
Social security numbers. § 119.071(5)(a), F.S.
The home addresses, telephone numbers, including cellular and personal pager numbers, social security numbers, dates of birth, and photographs of active or former department employees and/or their spouses and children; places of employment; daycare facilities, and/or schools of active or former department employees’ spouses and children (sections 119.071 (4)(d), F.S. and 945.10(1)(e), F.S.
Records, information, photographs, audio and visual presentations, schematic diagrams, surveys, recommendations, or consultations or portions thereof relating directly to the physical security of an institution or revealing security systems of an institution. §§ 119.071(3) and 281.301, F.S.
Information regarding a victim’s statement and identity. § 945.10(1)(f); 119.071(2)(j), F.S.
As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates approximately 96,000 inmates and supervises nearly 166,000 offenders in the community.