Raleigh, NC-- A high-ranking law enforcement officer in a small North Carolina county has been arrested after federal authorities say he beat a jailed inmate.
Hertford County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Timothy Lassiter was taken into custody Monday after his felony indictment for violating the civil rights of an inmate in the county jail.
Prosecutors say Lassiter struck and assaulted the inmate on June 12, injuring him. The inmate is identified in the indictment only by the initials T.P. Authorities say he was in the jail awaiting trial.
Lassiter did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.
Hertford Sheriff Juan E. Vaughan declined to comment, saying he may be called as a witness in the case. Lassiter faces a maximum punishment of 10 years in federal prison if he is convicted.