Jackson County inmate who tested positive for hepatitis C charged with throwing urine on corrections officer

Leo Dowthard IV is charged with throwing urine on a Jackson County Detention Center corrections officer.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Thursday that a Jackson County Detention Center inmate has been charged with endangering corrections officer after throwing urine infected with hepatitis C on an officer.

Leo Dowthard IV, 39, faces one count of endangering a corrections employee for his alleged actions.

The probable cause statement says that Dowthard threw a cup of liquid on a corrections officer at the beginning of January as the officer was passing his cell door. The liquid was later determined to be urine.

According to court documents, Dowthard has a history of throwing urine and feces on possibly five other corrections officers.

Court documents say the defendant reportedly was positive for hepatitis C, which detectives for the sheriff confirmed.