Jail Guard Pleads Guilty To Assaulting Inmate


A King County Jail officer charged with attacking an inmate who taunted him has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.

Accused of choking, kicking and punching the inmate, now-former King County Corrections Officer Richard Harr was sentenced Thursday to 240 hours of community service and given a deferred jail term. Investigators noted that the inmate suffered as “life-threatening” injuries after he was attacked by Harr on Jan. 1.

King County prosecutors contended Harr, 30, attacked the inmate on Jan. 1 while the other man, an accused burglar, was complying with instructions from staff at the Seattle jail. Court documents also note that Harr poured a bag of garbage on the inmate’s bunk before the altercation.

Harr resigned from the King County Department of Adult and Juvenile Detention on May 5. Charges were filed the same day.