Chad Edward Erickson

Chad Edward Erickson

SOMERSET – An inmate at SCI-Somerset will head to county court, accused of spitting at a corrections officer, authorities said.

Chad Edward Erickson, 33, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Sandra Stevanus, of New Centerville. The proceeding was held at the county courthouse.

State police in Somerset charged Erickson with one felony count of aggravated harassment by a prisoner, stemming from the March 19 incident.

According to a criminal complaint, troopers said Erickson refused to return to his cell after a group session in the dayroom of the RHU, C pod.

Another inmate and corrections officers tried to reason with Erickson, but he continued to refuse, the complaint said.

When Erickson was lifted from the floor, "he spit" at the corrections officer getting saliva in his eye and on his face and shoulder, the complaint said.

Erickson told troopers that he refused to comply because he "did not start it, but I finished it" and then said, "I spit in the CO's face," the complaint said.

The incident was caught on surveillance video.

Erickson is serving time for failing to comply with registration as a sex offender, a prison official said.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.