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Detention Officer Accused of Assaulting Inmate

POSTED: Friday, February 27, 2009 - 6:27pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:23pm

Sheriff Richard Wiles Decides to Fire the Veteran Officer

36-year-old Jesus Javier Garcia bonded out of jail after Sheriff's Deputies arrested him for allegedly assaulting an inmate at the El Paso County Detention Center where he worked as a Detention Officer.

Investigators say Garcia shoved an inmate against a refrigerator in the jail's kitchen last September.

Sheriff Richard Wiles fired Garcia earlier this month after an investigation revealed the use of force wasn't necessary.

Wiles says Garcia, a 12 year veteran of the force, plans to appeal his termination with the Sheriff's Department.

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