Child molester gets additional year for assaulting an officer

Published 9:57 am Wednesday, July 7, 2010

COURTLAND—An Ivor man serving a 16-year sentence on child molestation charges will serve an additional one year, six months and 30 days behind bars for assaulting a deputy and an inmate in the Southampton County Jail.

Judge Robert O’Hara on Tuesday sentenced 35-year-old Brian Paul Engel on a felony charge of assaulting a law enforcement officer and a misdemeanor charge of assault and battery against an inmate for the October incident.

Southampton County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Cooke said the inmate that was assaulted had been antagonizing Engel, who was behind bars for molesting two girls under the age of 13 several times.

To retaliate, Cooke said, Engel obtained several items from the kitchen, including water, hot sauce, maple syrup and salt. The substances were mixed it into a liquid and thrown in the direction of the inmate’s face as a deputy transported the inmate past Engel’s cell.

The substance made contact with both the inmate and the deputy. Engel’s attorney argued that while the act was inappropriate, the deputy was not the intended target.

“It was done in a premeditated fashion,” Cooke said. He said assaults on law enforcement officers should be dealt with harshly.