Colorado Springs jail supervisor resigned amid harassment claims


COLORADO SPRINGS | A Colorado jail supervisor resigned from a sheriff’s office amid allegations he made unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate comments to female inmates, investigative records said.

Walter Steven Woods resigned from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Oct. 30, The Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Woods’ resignation came two weeks after the alleged misconduct was reported to another supervisor, the records said.

Woods was placed on paid administrative leave Oct. 21, but the sheriff’s office determined his actions did not constitute criminal activity and dropped the investigation after he resigned, records said.

Woods declined to comment when The Gazette reached him by phone.

A deputy who interviewed inmates as part of the investigation concluded Woods likely “engaged in a pattern of inappropriate and unprofessional topics of conversation” with multiple female inmates, records said.

Over the course of the investigation, nearly 20 interviews were conducted. Several of the women said Woods did not do or say anything inappropriate, records said.