Jail workers charged in coverup of inmate’s beating

By Richard Winton, LA Times
August 22, 2013, 8:01 p.m.

Los Angeles County prosecutors have accused two county jail workers of trying to cover up a deputy’s alleged beating of an inmate at the Twin Towers jail.

A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy and a custody assistant were arrested and charged this week with felony filing false police reports in connection with another deputy’s alleged assault on an inmate on Christmas Day 2010 at the downtown Los Angeles facility.

Karin Cring, a former deputy now living in Switzerland, was taken into custody Wednesday after authorities received information that she was at a residence in Covina.

Sheriff’s investigators also arrested custody assistant Jayson Ellis, who has been on paid leave since July 2012 in connection with the investigation. Both were ordered held on $20,000 bail; Cring and Ellis were released on bail Wednesday evening, jail records show.

They have been charged with falsely reporting an incident in which authorities alleged that another deputy, Jermaine Jackson, assaulted an inmate using “a deadly weapon” — his feet.

Jackson was charged last year with causing great bodily injury, assault by a public officer and filing a false report in connection with that incident and another incident at the Compton courthouse lockup in 2009. He is awaiting trial.

Ellis, who has worked for the department since 2006, has been on paid leave, but after his arrest Wednesday, his status was shifted to unpaid leave, Sheriff’s Department spokesman Steve Whitmore said.

The arrests by local authorities are the latest charges to be filed as the FBI and federal prosecutors continue to investigate deputy misconduct within the Los Angeles County jail system, the largest in the nation.

Read more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-sheriff-coverup-20130823,0,6437417.story

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