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County jailer arrested for suspicion of assaulting inmate

Posted at 4:52 PM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-28 20:08:48-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Nueces Co. Correctional Officer has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting an inmate earlier this month. LaDestiny Brown, 22, was arrested at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, and faces two felony charges and two misdemeanor charges.

Nueces Co. Sheriff J.C. Hooper told KRIS 6 News that a 20-year-old female inmate at the county jail located on Leopard Street "made an outcry" to officers. He said they were able to review several camera shots and angles, and made the determination to move forward with pressing charges against Brown.

The inmate was treated by the in-house health-services administrator for minor injuries to the face and head, according to Hooper.

"Her injuries did corroborate . . . the allegations that she was making against the correction officer, and also what we saw on video," he said. "There were injuries sustained. I would classify them as minor, but they were visible and they were obvious injuries."

Brown held the position for nine months. She was terminated on Wednesday. She faces a felony charge of aggravated assault by a public servant, a felony charge of engaging in organized crime, a misdemeanor charge of official oppression, and a misdemeanor for tampering with government documents. Hooper said Brown noted inaccurate or incomplete reports about the incident.

Brown's bonds total $66,000.

Hooper said that every incident reported is thoroughly investigated. With 200 cameras or more in the jail and worn by supervisors, the footage paints a more accurate picture.

"There's so much video footage from so many different angles inside our jail facility and we take full advantage of that technology," he said. "It's a force multiplier. And the vast majority of time, it exonerates the employee. In this case, we found some concerns that required a criminal investigation, and we investigate every allegation."

The videos have been turned over to county jail investigators.