Phil Trexler

A former Portage County sheriff’s deputy is accused of assaulting a female jail inmate earlier this month.

Connie Y. Sutton, 49, was indicted on one count of felonious assault by a county grand jury. The Akron resident surrendered Tuesday morning at the jail where she had served since 2006 and entered a not guilty plea in Portage County Common Pleas Court.

Sutton faces up to eight years in prison, if convicted. She was released on a $50,000 bond.

Sheriff David Doak fired Sutton shortly after the alleged incident, which took place June 13 in a female inmate pod inside Portage County Jail.

A message left with Sutton’s attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Sutton is accused of injuring inmate Holly Anderson, 23. Doak said Anderson was treated at Robinson Memorial Hospital and released the same day. He would not elaborate on Anderson’s injury, but he said no weapons were used.

Anderson’s public defender, Leonard Hazelett, could not be reached for comment.

Doak said the incident between Sutton and Anderson unfolded and was witnessed by other inmates. The alleged assault was also captured on surveillance video. Doak declined to release the video, citing the ongoing court case.

Anderson was being held in the county jail after being removed from the Northeast Ohio Community Alternative Program, a community-based correctional facility, where she was sentenced after pleading guilty to felony domestic violence charges.

The Ravenna Township woman was “negatively terminated” from NEOCAP and entered the jail June 7. Two weeks later, Judge John Enlow sentenced Anderson to 21 days in jail for violating conditions of her probation.

Sutton had no prior offenses, “but this type of conduct cannot and will not be tolerated,” Doak said.

Phil Trexler can be reached at 330-996-3717 or ptrexler@thebeaconjournal.com.