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Corrections Officer Arrested, Faces Charges

A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office corrections officer was arrested after an investigation determined records were falsified about an assault on a prisoner.

Authorities say 40-year-old Felipe R. Garcia was charged with official misconduct.

The arrest report says a lieutenant was making rounds on Aug. 29 when she observed a corrections officer holding a Taser to the chin of an inmate. The witness told police that the officer cursed at a sitting prisoner and slapped the man.

In a report, the lieutenant said he omitted details about the assault and blamed his actions on the prisoner's larger size and mental instability.

Chief Tara Wildes of the Duval County jail says Garcia is on leave without pay pending the outcome of the case.

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