- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2018

BATESVILLE, Ark. (AP) - A former Arkansas juvenile detention officer has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his use of pepper spray on a 15-year-old detainee.

A news release from the U.S. Attorney Cody Hiland says 43-year-old Jason Benton pleaded guilty Wednesday to deprivation of rights and falsifying a report about the attack.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Benton was a guard at the White River Juvenile Detention Center in Batesville. His case is part of an investigation of abuse by guards and supervisors at the lockup.


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Benton is the third former guard from the facility to plead guilty to charges stemming from assaults on detainees. He faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for deprivation of rights and up to 20 years with $250,000 for falsifying a report.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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