Kwame Kilpatrick has been cited for sexual misconduct during a July 4 meeting with his wife in an inmate visitor’s area inside the Oaks Correctional Facility in Manistee, the Free Press has learned.
“It involves inappropriate touching,” Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan said today.
A guard reported observing Kilpatrick touch the breast of a female visitor about 11 a.m. on July 4, according to an incident report. The warden has identified that visitor as Carlita Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor’s wife, Marlan said. The guard reported observing the incident through a video camera trained on the visiting area. There are also guards
stationed inside the visitation area.
“Obviously, the officer saw something that he or she thought was a violation of the visitation rules,” Marlan said. Prisoners are permitted one kiss and one embrace at the beginning and end of a visit, and when posing for a photograph, he said. They may also hold hands, but no further contact is permitted.
Marlan said if found guilty, Kilpatrick could be barred from seeing his wife again. Also, a guilty finding could affect Kilpatrick’s eligibility for parole next year.
“Sexual misconduct is a serious misconduct,” Marlan said that the parole board would be notified of the incident if Kilpatrick is found guilty.
“Certainly it’s one of the factors they will consider when they look at the case a year from now.” Marlan said. “They look at how compliant they’ve been.”
Kilpatrick’s lawyers, Jim Thomas and Arnold Reed, did not return calls for comment. Mike Paul, a New York-based spokesman for the Kilpatrick family, called the charge “the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard in my life. Another example of people wanting to pile on in any way shape or form on this man. This is his wife. Not his girlfriend, not a guard, not somebody he met there at the prison.”
Paul said if the incident did indeed happen, Kilpatrick should have been warned, not written up. “Someone’s looking to make a name for himself,” Paul said.
In May, Kilpatrick was sentenced to 18 months to five years in state prison for violating probation in the text message scandal. If he keeps a clean record in prison he could be eligible for release after 14 months.
Kilpatrick has been interviewed about the July 4 incident, Marlan said. The next step would be for him to go before an administrative law examiner, who would determine whether there was a violation. Marlan said there is a videotape of the incident but that he had not yet seen it.
The misconduct won’t be resolved until Kilpatrick returns from federal custody. He was sent from state to federal custody last week to deal with a 19-count indictment against him in U.S. District Court in Detroit. The fraud and tax evasion charges are unrelated to the text message scandal and involve his use of a non-profit fund.