Saturday, April 4, 2020

Delaware County Prison Sergeant is ‘living hope that good guys exist’

Within the scandal-scarred walls of George W. Hill Correctional Facility a little-known sergeant is making an impeccable difference on the lives of staff and inmates despite the torturous climate surrounding the private prison.

Joshua Thamarus, 42, was at the center of a report many mistook as a solid link to a neo-Nazi organization, Stormfront. As we previously reported, the alleged link was made between the two Facebook accounts, where the sergeant was the lone friend of the alias known as ‘Chris McCallaster’ from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania. 

But shortly after the story hit the platform, information poured in from the public that ultimately revealed a humble, caring and kind person — and even inmates stood by the guard denouncing all allegations!

“I used to work at George W. Hill Correctional Facility and became a sergeant there right before Josh did,” a friend of the humble correctional officer told yc.news. “Josh was always an exceptional officer-turned-sergeant.”


His dedication to the job was never a question. Josh, time and time again showed he would put his life on the line for not just staff members, but anyone; regardless of race, color or creed.

– Former Co-Worker & Sergeant, George W. Hill Correctional Facility

The sergeant was mistakenly linked to a neo-Nazi group last week as a result of the lack of transparency amongst executives of The GEO Group, who “threw one of their own under the bus without any hesitation.”

“GEO does that on a regular basis. They will do anything they can to turn bad publicity towards the locals rather than take the hit. They’ll throw one of their own under the bus any day without any hesitation,” a well-placed source close to the situation told yc.news.

The most under-appreciated public servants in America are corrections officers or jail guards, according to a recent study by USA Today.

“Unless we have a significant friend or relative in prison, we rarely give a second thought to one of the most dangerous jobs on the planet. Out of sight, out of mind,” a current guard suffering from the harsh GEO Group atmosphere told yc.news.

“Sgt. Thamarus always displayed the type of character that you would want to see in a sergeant. Josh was willing to help out fellow staff members, and was always firm, fair and consistent with inmates. While spending close to 5 years working with Josh, I never heard one ounce of hate come from him.”

Earlier this week, yc.news reported that the sergeant was Facebook friends with an account linked to the neo-Nazi organization Stormfront after receiving a tip that showed a lone Stormfront account on Thamarus’ Facebook page. After bringing it to the attention of The GEO Group, they simply went along with it and failed to shut down the misleading report before it struck!

Upon further review, we discovered The GEO Group led our team of investigative reporters on a wild-goose chase, perhaps to turn blame on the hardworking men and women who also suffer under the for-profit private prison corporation: but we intend to right any wrong,” Anthony Loro, Senior Executive Editor of yc.news’ parent company, Original Media Group Corporation said in a statement Wednesday. 

Reporters initially reached out to The GEO Group on Dec. 31, 2019, regarding the investigative report into the prison and an alarming discovery that allegedly linked a sergeant to a Facebook page in which he remained the first and lone friend of until the report surfaced on yc.news.

The GEO Group was given the opportunity to verify critical information that would’ve debunked the story, but provided little to no information “except misleading material that led us [yc.news] to pursue a story that was catered to GEO’s liking.”

“Out of this we learned that a sergeant who embodies the best of America is there to make a positive impact on individuals during their darkest days. As a wise man once said: ‘An error doesn’t become a mistake until you refuse to correct it.’” Original Media Group Corp.’s statement continued. 

Since the initial report, friends, co-workers, and even former inmates came to the sergeant’s defense, stating he doesn’t fit the character, describing the accusation as “the complete opposite of who he is.”

“What that article depicted him to be is the complete opposite of who he is,” a friend of Thamarus told yc.news. “He is the type of Sergeant who would put his life on the line for another human being without any regard for his own life – inmate or staff, a life in general.”

“He always displayed the type of character that you would want to see in a sergeant. Sgt. Thamarus was willing to help out fellow staff members, and was always firm, fair and consistent with inmates. While spending close to 5 years working with Josh, I never heard one ounce of hate come from him. He was and is a genuine and caring individual. He is one of the very few people there I actually miss working with,” a former co-worker of Thamarus told yc.news. “His dedication to the job was never a question. Josh, time and time again showed he would put his life on the line for not just staff members, but anyone; regardless of race, color or creed.”

Thamarus has dedicated his life to helping others and was wrongly caught in the crossfire of our previous report.

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The retraction on the latest story is solely for the link between Thamarus and Stormfront, according to the statement released by Original Media Group Corp.

“We stand by our previous reports surrounding George W. Hill Correctional Facility and The GEO Group. We continue to stand by our May 25, 2019 story pertaining to the racist e-mail and look forward to successfully defending ourselves in court,” Senior Executive Editor Anthony Loro said. “However, it is evident that Joshua Thamarus is not involved in the organization Stormfront.”

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Jonathan Riches is a Chief Investigative Correspondent & Justice Editor for Your Content. He is best known for his writings about prison reform and culture, including the social media scandal dubbed the ‘Feeling Cute Challenge’ — which ended with a widespread dismissal of prison guards throughout the United States.

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