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Former Prison Guard Indicted for Assaulting Inmate

A former correctional officer at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, has been indicted on federal charges of beating a handcuffed and shackled inmate and then conspiring with other officers to cover up the misconduct.

The U.S. Department of Justice says a grand jury Wednesday formally accused Adrian Almodovar of federal civil rights, conspiracy and obstruction violations. Two other officers, Eric Norwood and Charles Philson, pleaded guilty earlier to their roles in the assault.

According to the indictment, Almodovar and other members of the tactical team assaulted an inmate during the course of a cell extraction, during transportation to the medical unit, and inside the medical unit. It is alleged that they then drafted false reports in which they intentionally omitted that they used force on the inmate.