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Former Iberia Sheriff's Captain pleads guilty

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Mark Frederick, a former Captain of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an assault on a pre-trial detainee at the Iberia Parish Jail.

According to the charges and other information presented in court, Mark Frederick was a Captain and served as the assistant warden of the jail.  On Sept. 27, 2011, E.M., a pre-trial detainee, resisted deputies, and was restrained and removed from the scene.  Frederick and other senior staff agreed to retaliate against E.M. by taking him to the chapel, a place that was not covered by the jail’s video surveillance system, and assaulting him. 

Frederick, along with the other senior staff, went to the chapel with the unlawful intent to beat E.M. in retaliation for E.M.’s previous altercation with jail deputies.  Inside the chapel, officers assaulted E.M. while he was handcuffed, compliant, and not posing a threat to anyone.  One officer took a baton, placed it between E.M.’s legs and in a sharp motion, raised the baton into E.M.’s testicles hard enough to knock E.M. off of his feet and to inflict pain. Frederick recognized that he had a duty to intervene and stop the unjustified use of force on inmate E.M. Nevertheless, Frederick willfully chose not to intervene to stop the beating, despite having the opportunity to do so.  

Frederick, 47, of St. Martinville, will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter at a later date.

This case was investigated by the Lafayette Resident Agency of the FBI, and was prosecuted by Trial Attorney Tona Boyd of the Civil Rights Division and Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Mudrick of the Western District of Louisiana.

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