A former correctional officer at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, Louisiana, was recently indicted on charges of beating a handcuffed and shackled inmate, and conspiring with other officers to cover up their misconduct by falsifying official reports and lying to investigators. Two other prison guards have previously pleaded guilty for their involvement in the assault.
According to the indictment, Adrian Almodovar and other members of the tactical team, including Eric Norwood and Charles Philson, handcuffed and shackled an inmate during the course of a cell extraction. Although the prisoner was restrained, Almodovar and the other correctional officers allegedly assaulted the inmate in the cell, during transportation to the medical unit, and inside the medical unit.
After drafting false reports that did not mention any use of force against the inmate, the officers met at a local restaurant a few days later and agreed to continue lying if questioned by investigators.
On Wednesday, Almodovar was indicted on federal civil rights, conspiracy, and obstruction violations. Indicted by a federal grand jury, he was charged with beating a handcuffed and shackled inmate, and conspiring with other officers to cover up their misconduct by falsifying official reports and lying to investigators.