LCCC inmate spits on corrections officer

Alaska State Troopers say they are forwarding harassment charges against an inmate for allegedly spitting on a corrections officer at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau.

Troopers said in a dispatch that the 35-year-old inmate spat on the officer three times during an encounter at the jail. Troopers responded to the incident at about 12:12 p.m. Wednesday.

Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Megan Peters identified the inmate as Terry Joe Ross. Peters said Ross became upset after he was denied the ability to “use the phone at his leisure.”

Ross has several prior convictions, and the Department of Corrections could not confirm what sentence Ross is currently serving at LCCC.

Electronic court records show Ross was sentenced in Anchorage in January 2012 to serve 240 days for a misdemeanor assault and 360 days with 250 days suspended for misdemeanor criminal trespass.

Court records show he was also sentenced in April 2011 to serve 12 months for felony assault and 30 days for misdemeanor harassment for “offensive contact with fluids.”

Troopers said the harassment charges in this case will be sent to the Juneau District Attorney’s Office.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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