The criminal case of Justin Crawford, a former Fayette County Detention Center corrections officer who was arrested on theft and misconduct charges less than two weeks after he lost a civil lawsuit against the jail, has been waived to a grand jury.
Crawford, who was in Fayette District Court on Friday when his criminal case was waived, declined to comment about his latest troubles involving the jail.
Police arrested Crawford, 41, in late April, for allegedly abusing his position as an officer by stealing $538 from an inmate's wallet at the jail on April 3. Shortly before his arrest, he was fired from his jail job.
In 2008, Crawford and more than 300 other current and former jail employees were awarded $1.15 million in cash and paid leave time in the settlement of a 2006 federal lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed that the local government violated labor laws by not paying them overtime and not giving them meal and rest breaks.
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Crawford, described as the "face" of the 2006 suit, went back to federal court, claiming that he had been the subject of retaliation for his role in the suit.
A jury decided in mid-April that no materially adverse employment actions had been taken against Crawford, but the jury did not make a decision about whether he had been a victim of retaliation.