Anonymous complaint leads to suspensions of top prison officials in South Dakota

July 14, 2021

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem has suspended her cabinet secretary overseeing the state’s prisons, as well as the warden of the state penitentiary in Sioux Falls, following an anonymous complaint.

The complaint alleges supervising correctional officers regularly sexually harassed their fellow employees. It also cited low employee morale and nepotism in promotions.

The governor says she is placing Secretary of Corrections Mike Leidholt and State Penitentiary Warden Darin Young on administrative leave.

The two page complaint released by Noem’s office alleges that supervising correctional officers were allowed to sexually harass prison employees and that attempts to report the harassment were ignored.