After Seance on State Time, State Police Launch Probe into ACI Misconduct

Three high ranking corrections department officials and a corrections officer were put on leave after reports that they were involved in a seance on state time. Now, the investigation has expanded to potential criminal conduct.

Several top officials who work for the Rhode Island Department of Corrections are to be the subject of a State Police probe after misconduct allegations have surfaced, said A.T. Wall, director of the corrections department.

The new allegations of misconduct came to light during an internal investigation that began after reports that a corrections officer was called in to work to perform a seance that was attended by several high-ranking officials.

That CO, Heather Anderson, calls herself "The Mystical Medium." She reportedly was called in after completing an overnight shift and originally thought she was in trouble. Instead, she reported that she was asked to to perform psychic readings, which reportedly lasted for two hours.

Immediately upon learning of the seance, Wall ordered four employees to be put on administrative leave during an internal investigation, saying "this matter has become a distraction to the work of this agency" at the time.

Some of the officials who attended the psychic reading include Robert Vitale, warden of the DOC's central office, Gerald Masso, a security specialist and David McCauley, assistant director. 

All three men earn six figure salaries.

In today's announcement, Wall said he learned of alleged misconduct at a recent meeting with the Internal Affairs Unit and some of those allegations "may indicate criminal activity."

"Under these circumstances, I have contacted [State Police Superintendent] Col. Steven O'Donnell to ask that the Rhode Island State Police enter the case and he has agreed to," Wall said. 

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has been notified and corrections department inspectors will assist State Police during the investigation.
Abe Lincoln March 27, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Jesus should be able to straighten this stuff out!
Leave RI March 27, 2014 at 02:50 PM
...they should file suit against the psychic...she couldn't see this coming???
Abe Lincoln March 27, 2014 at 04:07 PM
The Mrs had seances after they blew my brains out at the theatre!
Leave RI March 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM
If you watch the I team link they could have better spent their money on Jenny Craig, Atkins, Slimfast.
Not my first rodeo June 25, 2014 at 07:05 PM
The aci is the biggest scam in rhode island


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