Hutchinson prison updating alarms for nurses after reported assault

Hutchinson Correctional Facility (Feb. 8, 2013)
Hutchinson Correctional Facility (Feb. 8, 2013) File photo

The Hutchinson Correctional Facility has ordered new alarm pendants for contract nurses to wear in the wake of a sexual assault reported at its central unit last summer.

“When something happens, they push a button on the pendant and it sounds an alarm,” prison spokesman Dirk Moss said.

The system has been ordered, but not yet installed. In the interim, the facility has distributed prison radios that also have an alarm feature and identifier to all 116 contract employees.

“Basically it’s the same thing as the alarm pendant,” Moss said. “They push a button on the radio and it transmits an alarm tone, and there’s a radio number that shows up in the control center so they know which alarm was activated.”

Before distributing radios to all contract employees, only corrections officers had them.

Prosecutors have charged inmate Steven Stumpner, 28, with rape or an alternate count of aggravated sexual battery in the July 17 attack. Moss wouldn’t provide details of the sexual assault, saying it remains an active investigation.

“After an incident, we always do a review,” he said. “We’re not changing any other procedures.”

Stumpner is serving time for two counts each of aggravated robbery and theft out of Johnson County and a conviction of battery of a corrections officer in Pawnee County.

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