by Monte McCoin
On March 19, 2018, former Indian Creek Correctional Center assistant warden Clyde Alderman, 68, entered an Alford plea to three misdemeanor counts of solicitation. By entering the plea, Alderman, without admitting guilt, agreed that prosecutors had enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt he had repeatedly given special privileges to a prisoner in exchange for oral sex. He had originally been indicted in October 2017 on three felony counts of carnal knowledge of a prisoner.
A stipulation of evidence included with court filings detailed three occasions between December 2016 and June 30, 2017 when prosecutors said Alderman granted a male prisoner special employment and housing assignments after calling him to his office to perform sexual favors.
Although it was unclear whether Alderman was allowed to retire from his $67,756 per year Department of Corrections position or if he was terminated, Gregory Carter, a DOC spokesman, confirmed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Alderman’s last day at the prison was July 5, 2017.
According to Alderman’s attorney, Andrew Page, the former prison official took the plea “because he did not want to put his family through the hardships associated with a three-day jury trial.” The reduced charges resulted in a 36-month suspended prison sentence, contingent on Alderman’s good behavior during two years of supervision. The plea agreement also requires him to enroll in counseling.
Sources: www.pilotonline.com, www.richmond.com, www.wtkr.com
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