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3 federal prison officers charged with civil rights violations | New policies

LONDON, Ky. (AP) — Three correctional officers at an eastern Kentucky federal prison have been charged with civil rights violations, officials said.

A federal grand jury in London returned an indictment on Thursday accusing officers at Big Sandy US Penitentiary in Inez of violating an individual’s rights under the guise of law and falsifying records to prevent a investigation, according to statement of U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV.

The indictment alleges Officers Samuel Patrick, 41, and Clinton Pauley, 40, assaulted an inmate and attempted to conceal him and Lt. Kevin Pearce, 37, assisted in the concealment, the The Department of Justice said in a statement. Pauley was also charged with assaulting a second inmate and attempting to cover it up, the statement said. The indictment alleges the two assaults took place in 2021 and resulted in bodily harm.

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The Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on an open case, but spokesman Donald Murphy told the Lexington Herald-Leader allegations of misconduct are taken seriously.

“The BOP takes seriously our duty to protect those in our custody as well as to maintain the safety of correctional staff and the community,” Murphy said. “Incidents of potential criminal activity or misconduct inside BOP facilities are thoroughly investigated for possible administrative discipline or criminal prosecution.”

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