A former Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputy Aaron S. Masters, 27, has been indicted on federal charges after authorities said he used excessive force against a female inmate and lied about it in an incident report.

Claims filed say he repeatedly punched the inmate in the head in 2018 and then tried to justify the assault when he reported it. “We recognize that corrections officers have a difficult job as they maintain order and protect inmates in our district’s prisons and county jails,” Pak said. “However, this deputy sheriff must be held accountable for allegedly abusing his authority by committing a violent and unnecessary assault on an inmate, and then writing a false report to cover up the incident.”

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