Frozen shackles lead to jail time
July 13, 2013 10:29 AM

BEDFORD (AP) — A fired guard must spend 45 days in jail for placing freezing shackles on a female inmate after she previously complained about how cold the metal restraints could be.

Bedford County District Attorney William Higgins said Thursday that Ryan Clapper’s conduct was “reprehensible and egregious.”

Clapper, 26, of Schellsburg, was cited for harassment in August, after an inmate at the county jail complained about the frozen shackles. Clapper had bragged to another guard, who eventually testified against Clapper, that he put the shackles in a freezer for an hour to punish the woman for her past complaints.

Higgins said Clapper must begin his sentence Aug. 12, likely in another county’s jail.

Clapper’s defense attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment, and Clapper doesn’t have a listed phone number.

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