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Jackson County inmate charged after throwing infected urine on corrections officer

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Leo Dowthard IV, 39, of Kansas City, MO, faces a class D felony count of endangering a corrections employee. (Jackson County Jail) Leo Dowthard IV, 39, of Kansas City, MO, faces a class D felony count of endangering a corrections employee. (Jackson County Jail)
JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -

A Jackson County Detention Center inmate has been charged with the felony count of endangering corrections officer after throwing urine infected with hepatitis C on an officer.

Leo Dowthard IV, 39, of Kansas City, faces a felony count of endangering a corrections employee.

According to court records, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the detention center, located at 1300 Cherry Street, on a reported assault in January.

The officer interviewed corrections officers who stated that the defendant, as the officer was passing his cell door, threw a cup of liquid on the corrections officer. The liquid was later determined to be urine.

Witnesses say the defendant had thrown urine and feces on other corrections officers.

Dowthard reportedly was positive for hepatitis C, which detectives for the sheriff confirmed.

Jackson County Executive Frank White, Jr. released the following statement after charges were filed:

“I have no greater priority than ensuring that Jackson County operates a safe and secure facility for staff who are dedicated to protecting the public. Such offensive, dangerous and inappropriate behavior by inmates will not be tolerated. They must be held accountable. Because of a policy implemented in 2015, these incidents are required to be investigated.

I appreciate the Prosecutor’s Office and Sheriff’s Department for their work on this investigation. The serious nature of the charge sends a strong message to others that they will be held responsible for their actions. Myself and detention managers will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in our commitment to provide a healthy, stable environment at the Jackson County Detention Center.”

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