COLUMBIA, SC — The former Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center guard accused of stomping a 52-year-old homeless man in February appeared before a judge, according to Richland County court roster.
Robin Smith, 37, appeared before a judge for a roll call Monday after being released on bond. He is charged with assault of a high and aggravated nature in connection with the Feb. 11 beating of a jail inmate who had been arrested on a trespassing charge while trying to sleep in the doorway of a University of South Carolina classroom building.
The assault occurred after guards entered the man’s cell when he wouldn’t follow directions. One of the guards began kicking him repeatedly on the head and side. Then the guard put a boot onto the victim’s head and neck and pulling his arm in the opposite direction, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Department.
The man was taken to Palmetto Health Richland hospital Feb. 15, four days after the assault. He suffered a collapsed lung, two broken ribs and a fractured vertebrae, along with other various internal injuries.
Smith wasn’t arrested until after a hospital worker contacted the Richland County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 21.
Six other correctional officers at the jail have been placed on administrative leave without pay in connection with the beating. All six are facing firing for failing to report the beating.