Scandal-plagued Cuyahoga County corrections officer now faces extortion and intimidation charges

Scandal-plagued Cuyahoga County corrections officer now faces extortion and intimidation charges

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Idris-Farid Clark, a Cuyahoga County corrections officer, was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of extortion and one count of intimidation—both third-degree felonies.

Clark is in custody at the Geauga County Jail. His bond was set at $100,000, and he is to have no contact with sheriff or jail employees, according to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.

Agents from the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the FBI completed the investigation leading to Clark’s arrest.

Court documents say fellow Clark spoke to fellow corrections officers at the Cuyahoga County jail and claimed he had videos “just as bad as his.”

Clark allegedly said he needed the officers to “testify on his behalf at trial to the lack of training we received and how the jail is ran.” He threatened to release the videos if they didn’t testify on his behalf.

“I’m not gonna burn for no one. If I go down, others are going down too,” Clark allegedly said.

Clark was previously indicted on April 8 for an offense that occurred on July 16, 2018. He allegedly sprayed an inmate with pepper foam after the inmate had been placed in a restraint chair.

Clark was charged with felonious assault, assault, interfering with civil rights and unlawful restraint and is one of five corrections officers who have been indicted on charges ranging from assault to tampering with evidence.

The Special Prosecutions section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting this case.

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