WARSAW — Arrest warrants have been issued for three people, including former director of Kosciusko County Community Corrections Anna Bailey and her former assistant, Taylor Pagan, less than a week after officials admitted there were internal problems with the monitoring program.
Warrants were issued for Bailey, 41, 69309 Walnut Road, Walkerton; Pagan, 23, 2236 E. CR 200S, Warsaw; and offender Steven Gasaway, 29, 101 E. Main St., Syracuse, on Dec. 17.
Bailey is facing charges of obstruction of justice and official misconduct, both level 6 felonies; Pagan is charged with aiding, inducing or causing an offense, a level 6 felony; and Gasaway is charged with escape, a level 6 felony, according to court paperwork.
Bailey resigned last month. Corrections officials last week announced a halt to any new offenders into community corrections for a month while officials sort out problems they found within the department.
During the public meeting, officials did not mention Bailey directly.
In a detailed affidavit related to the case, authorities alleged a corrections officer within the department secretly recorded multiple conversations with Bailey in which she appears to implicate herself in wrongdoing.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Oct. 25, the Syracuse Police Department was contacted by two KCCC officers who expressed concerns about possible KCCC violations and criminal activity. These concerns were a result of an ongoing internal investigation and included escape (by knowingly or intentionally violating a home detention order) of KCCC inmate Gasaway.
One KCCC officer indicated he had been assigned as Gasaway’s supervisor until early October when, according to his report, Bailey assumed responsibility as Gasaway’s supervisor without giving any specific reason for the change.
According to KCCC records, including GPS records, Gasaway was spending a significant amount of time at Pagan’s residence. This allegedly included overnight visits and occurred during Bailey’s supervision of Gasaway’s case.
The corrections officer said he was uncomfortable questioning Bailey about the violations because he and another KCCC officer had observed Bailey and Pagan’s interactions with Gasaway to be “overly friendly and unprofessional.” As a result, the officers voiced their concerns to members of the community corrections advisory board and were directed to contact law enforcement.
On Oct. 30, police went to Gasaway’s residence in Syracuse where a vehicle belonging to Pagan was seen. Pagan was allegedly observed exiting Gasaway’s residence at 7:30 a.m. Police were able to view a security video of Gasaway’s apartment exterior, which showed Pagan arriving and entering Gasaway’s apartment at 11:58 p.m. on Oct. 29.
Police spoke with Pagan and advised her of her rights. Pagan allegedly said she was employed at that time at KCCC and that Bailey was her direct supervisor. She further admitted she had been at Gasaway’s apartment and that Gasaway had been spending the night at her residence on weekends. She refused to answer questions related to the nature of her relationship with Gasaway.
Police then spoke with Gasaway, who asked if Bailey was aware that he was being questioned. Gasaway admitted he is in the KCCC program and that Bailey is his supervisor. Gasaway indicated he did not want to get anyone in trouble and refused to answer any further questions.
Police were contacted by one of the corrections officers, who told him that he had just spoken with Gasaway, who sounded “very frantic.” Gasaway told the KCCC officer that he had been trying to contact Bailey on both her work and personal phones but was unable to reach her.
Shortly afterward, the KCCC officer informed police that Bailey wanted to speak with him immediately. Police asked the corrections officer to record the conversation. The KCCC officer said only he and Bailey were present during the conversation. Bailey told the KCCC officer that Pagan and Gasaway were involved in a relationship and that police have seized Pagan’s phone. During the conversation, Bailey allegedly said she’s mad that the police have been following Pagan.
In one curse-filled comment, Bailey said she didn’t know what was going on, saying everyone needs to “toe the f****** line” and again said, “What the f*** is going on?”
Following that meeting, the corrections officer reported that Bailey informed him that Gasaway would be coming to the KCCC office and that he was instructed by Bailey to have Gasaway stand by for a meeting.
A short time later, Bailey, Gasaway and the KCCC officer had a meeting, which reportedly lasted for over an hour and was recorded by the KCCC officer.
The KCCC officer recorded several more meetings on Oct. 30 and 31. During these meetings, Bailey allegedly advised Gasaway on what to say in order to stay out of trouble.
The officer said there were several more meetings between he and Bailey, which he recorded. He said those conversations revolved around how Gasaway could have continuously departed from his approved locations without KCCC knowledge, how that could be explained and/or justified and how it could be covered up.
The KCCC officer said a great deal of effort was put into coordinating their stories, coloring testimony and covering up possible evidence.
In the recorded conversations, Bailey asked Gasaway if Pagan deleted messages on her cell phone. The nature of the conversations seemed to point to concerns by Bailey about what officers would find on Pagan’s phone.
At some point during one of the recorded conversations, Bailey allegedly expressed concern that a pass she signed for Gasaway to go to Pagan’s residence could get them into trouble, because one of KCCC’s rules is that an inmate/participant cannot go to a personal residence whatsoever. The rule is listed on the back of the pass, on page 2 of three pages.
On the recording, Bailey allegedly spoke about eliminating page 2 so that no one will know of the rule.
The Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office requested copies of Gasaway’s file. On or about Nov. 13, Bailey said the original file was missing and supplied copies of Gasaway’s file. The file was missing page 2.
On Dec. 10, police spoke with a third KCCC officer, who said that sometime in early November, Bailey directed him to be Gasaway’s supervisor. He further said that Bailey provided him with documents from Gasaway’s file and instructed him to keep it safe by taking it home. The KCCC officer took the paperwork to his residence as directed.
Police reviewed those documents, which included Gasaway’s schedules, three passes (which contain all three pages) and copies of the three passes, which were stapled together with the page 2 rules missing.
Police obtained reports indicating Gasaway’s GPS location. There were several incidents in which Gasaway’s location was in the vicinity of Pagan’s parents, who live next door to Pagan. Gasaway’s pass was approved by Bailey to be at Pagan’s address.
In addition to the improper pass, the reports show that Gasaway was in the vicinity of Pagan’s residence without KCCC approval on eight separate occasions between Sept. 29 and Oct. 28.
According to KCCC rules, participants in the program are not permitted to make unapproved stops and are not allowed to have unapproved visitors in their residence without prior approval.
A KCCC officer told police that during the time period when Gasaway was violating KCCC rules, he was under the supervision of Bailey and that she would have received alerts notifying her of his unapproved locations.
He said that if other KCCC officers received violation alerts, they were required to notify Bailey; however, according to the KCCC officer, during the time period when Gasaway was under Bailey’s supervision, Gasaway did not fill out a weekly schedule which is required by KCCC rules.
The arrest warrants for Bailey, Gasaway and Pagan were all issued less than a month after a former KCCC officer was sentenced for aiding, inducing and causing escape. In September 2017, Patrick Olson removed a woman’s ankle bracelet and took her to Valparaiso. He was recently sentenced.