Complaint: Stateville guard helped gangsters behind bars
BY JANET LUNDQUIST email@example.com October 16, 2013 9:04PM
Javier Babin | Photo courtesy of Will County Sheriff's office
Updated: November 18, 2013 8:00AM
An officer at Stateville Correctional Center has been accused of furthering gang-related activity by giving an inmate details on fellow prisoners, including which inmates were cooperating with staff members and working as informants, according to a criminal complaint filed in Will County.
Javier S. Babin, 24, of Wheaton, faces eight felony counts, including charges of official misconduct and correctional officer furthering gang-related activity.
According to the complaint, Babin allegedly told Stateville inmate Titus Linton how staff radios work and record, as well as information on other inmates that was known only to staff.
Linton, 41, is serving a life sentence for murder out of Cook County. He has been in prison since Dec. 21, 1994.
Babin was arrested on a warrant Friday and is being held in the county jail in lieu of $500,000.
Tom Shaer, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections, said Babin has been placed on paid administrative leave, per the union contract.
The department’s Investigations and Intelligence Division began an investigation of Babin’s activities, Shaer said, and passed the information along to the Will County State’s Attorney’s office, which filed the charges.
“The division is very aggressive,” Shaer said. “If they hear of something, they get on it right away.”
Babin started work as a correctional officer at Stateville in 2008, Shaer said. He was transferred to Dixon in September 2010, then back to Stateville in November 2012.
“The Illinois Department of Corrections is pursuing the disciplinary process with this employee up to and including termination, while also respecting the union contract and the criminal proceedings,” Shaer said.
Babin is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 5.