BONIFAY — Former Holmes County Officer William Joel Patrick faces trial tomorrow in the charges he received in March for allegedly battering an inmate, Dale Castro at the Holmes County Correctional Institute.
Holmes County Lt. Michael Raley explained that the were in the process of an internal investigation against Patrick for allegedly allowing a male and female inmate to come in contact with one another, which lead to intercourse.
It was during this investigation that Raley said they received a complaint from Policeabuse.com.
“This is a site used to field police complaints,” said Raley. “It was during our investigation that another officer said there was a possible incident prior to the inmates engaging in sexual intercourse that Patrick battered an inmate. The victim’s family called them simultaneously as we received information of the possible battery.”
There was an internal investigation and in May Patrick was terminated, according to Raley.
“It was his right to request a trial, so he requested a trial,” said Raley.
Patrick's trial is scheduled to begin tomorrow morning at the Holmes County Courthouse.