- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 20, 2015

MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa (AP) - Officials say a correctional officer was assaulted by an inmate at the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility in southeastern Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Corrections says 24-year-old Darrell Ballard assaulted the officer Monday morning. Ballard is serving time for a sex offense conviction.

According to a news release, officials accuse Ballard of punching the officer several times in the torso and face after the officer told Ballard to put down food he had inappropriately received. The officer’s injuries were treated on site.

Authorities say the incident will be referred for prosecution following further investigation. The officer has not been identified.

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