- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A south Louisiana sheriff awaiting trial on charges over the alleged beatings of five jail inmates has been indicted on a new charge that he plotted to have another man arrested and beaten.

Thursday’s indictment charges Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal with conspiring in 2014 to assault a man who was accused of assaulting one of Ackal’s relatives.

The new indictment also charges two of Ackal’s subordinates with assaulting a pre-trial detainee at the parish jail in September 2011.

On March 10, Ackal was initially indicted on charges that he directed officers to assault inmates in the parish jail’s chapel, where no video surveillance cameras would record the April 2011 beatings.

Nine former employees of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office already have pleaded guilty to related charges.

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