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United States of America v. Mark Frederick
Western District of Louisiana Federal Courthouse - Lafayette, Louisiana
Case Number: 6:16-cr-00048-DEW-PJH
Judge: Donald Walter
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Lafayette Parish)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Mary Mudrick
Defendant's Attorney: Frank Granger
Description: Lafayette, LA - Former Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office captain pleads guilty to aiding and abetting assault on a detainee
Mark Frederick, a former Captain of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office (IPSO), pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an assault on a pre-trial detainee at the Iberia Parish Jail (IPJ).
According to the charges and other information presented in court, Mark Frederick was a Captain at IPSO and served as the assistant warden at the IPJ. On Sept. 27, 2011, E.M., a pre-trial detainee, resisted deputies at the IPJ. E.M. was restrained and removed from the scene. Frederick and other senior IPSO 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 IPSO 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.
“Individuals incarcerated in jails have the right to be free from unjustified assaults by corrections officers,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Civil Rights Division. “We will continue to vigorously prosecute officers who abuse their authority and violate their oath of office and federal law by assaulting inmates in their custody.”
Mark Frederick, 47, of St. Martinville, La., will be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Donald Walter.
This case was investigated by the Lafayette Resident Agency of the FBI.