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Feb 23, 2010 8:44 AM by APNewsNow

Sheriff's probe clears deputy in brutality case

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - A St. Landry Parish sheriff's deputy is back at work after an internal investigation cleared him of a police brutality charge.
Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said on Monday, while Deputy William D. McCauley Jr. may still be facing a malfeasance charge from his time as a Eunice police officer, his own investigation has convinced him the charges are without merit.
McCauley has pleaded not guilty.
When McCauley, along with two other then-Eunice officers, was arrested in December, the sheriff put him unpaid leave.
But the sheriff also opened his own investigation, which he tells The Advertiser convinced him McCauley is innocent of the charges.
The charges against McCauley stem from the arrest of Joshua Andrus, during which Andrus claims he was severely beaten.
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Information from: The Advertiser, http://www.theadvertiser.com

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