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Sheriff’s deputy charged with beating inmate

RALEIGH (AP) — 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.

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  1. violating the civil rights of an inmate…timothy (tuck) lassiter beat the brakes off of mr. powell for a verbal disturbance for telling the judge he did not understand why he had been incarcerated…he was in bonds…and was beat down by multiple cops (more than a few less than a dozen)…lassiter has an extensive history of assaulting “the people” of this hertford county…he was fired from the state highway patrol for “violating the civil rights”…timothy lassiter has severely beaten down many people…he and his “lassiter security” mafia run must of the filth here in this county…the feds know much of this criminal activity run by him and his “church”—soul saving station in ahoskie nc where he is a deacon…he and his boys give high powered drugs to college kids at the bars and drug dealers have sex with these college age kids…got holy ghost anyone:)…

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