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Carbon inmate charged with spitting on officer

A Carbon County inmate has been charged with spitting on a law enforcement officer.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Detective Jack Soberick of the Carbon County District Attorney’s Office in the case against Joshua Bynon:

On Oct. 26, prison warden James Youngkin of the Carbon County Correctional Facility notified Soberick and Detective Timothy Wuttke of an incident involving inmate Bynon, 40, attempting to spit on Sgt. Eric Flexer.

After reviewing reports sent by Youngkin, they learned that at 2:25 p.m. Oct. 26, Bynon was in the medical portion of the facility as part of his intake processing and had made comments of self-harm and began hitting himself in the face.

Because of Bynon’s behavior, staff decided to put him on a suicide watch, which would require him to change out of his prison issued clothing and into a suicide smock.

After being informed of this, Bynon began to act out and refused to change, getting into a fighting stance.

Bynon refused to listen to guards after being given several commands to change and when officers tried to handcuff Bynon he resisted and began to struggle with the officers.

During this struggle, Flexer deployed a Taser on Bynon in an attempt to gain control of him.

During Bynon’s altercation with staff, he began directing his anger and outbursts toward Flexer because he is the one that used the Taser on him, and while being escorted to a booking cell, Bynon attempted to spit on Flexer.

Bynon faces a charge of aggravated harassment by prisoner.

Bynon remains incarcerated in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $50,000 monetary bail, and is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Dec. 6 before District Judge Casimir T. Kosciolek of Lansford.