It’s a situation straight out of a movie.
A sort of “fight club” allegedly run in the York County prison.
Inmates fought each other for special privileges.
And an investigation shows that corrections officers were the ones who ran the show.
Two prison inmates say they were forced to fight and participate in bizarre challenges which included snorting the spices from a Ramon Noodle packet all for food and extra coffee.
But the officers held accountable say this isn’t true.
“Believe it or not, it’s not true, we have never conducted ourselves in an unprofessional or unethical manner,” says York Prison Corrections Officer, Daniel Graff.
That was Daniel Graff’s response after we read him the report that fully detailed what inmates said he and two corrections officers did.
Pennsylvania State Police say Graff as well as David Whitcomb and Mark Haynes made inmates fight each other.
The only rule according to inmates is that they couldn’t punch in the face.
Police also say the inmates were challenged to eat a spoonful of cinnamon, snort crushed candy bottle caps, and eat fruit with the peels still on them, among other things.
“I have never done that and I have never witnessed my co-workers do that,” says Graff.
State Trooper Rob Hicks says these allegations are disappointing.
“Being an officer and stuff you’re held to a higher standard so when stuff like this occurs it makes us all look bad, so we certainly don’t like to see it,” says Trooper Hicks.
This investigation first started when prison officials were looking through video for vandalism incidents.
That’s when officials saw a clip of an officer grabbing an inmate by the neck.
According to Graff, prison officials took it out of context.
“You could tell in the video by his body language he was despondent and he had a bad day. The officer put his arm around him basically saying hey it’s going to be ok we’ll talk about it later, go back into your housing unit,” says Graff.
Graff was first made aware of these allegations last week.
He didn’t find out he was being charged with official oppression and harassment until he saw it online this morning.
“We were taken aback, we couldn’t believe this because the allegations are completely false. We just couldn’t believe these inmates that we have a professional rappor with would actually conjure this stories up,” says Graff.
Daniel Graff also tells FOX43 he believes the inmates reported this to police simply for monetary purposes.
Graff has been told by other officers at the prison that those two inmates have been heard saying quote, “we’re going to own this place.”
For now, Graff, Haynes, and Whitcomb remain on unpaid administrative leave.
They plan on getting a lawyer on Monday.