Ex-deputy jailer charged for conspiring with inmates to assault another prisoner

A ex-deputy in the Powell County Detention Center has been indicted for conspiring with inmates at the jail to assault another inmate and lying to the FBI about it.

A ex-deputy in the Powell County Detention Center has been indicted for conspiring with inmates at the jail to assault another inmate and lying to the FBI about it.

According to a release from the U.S. Department of Justice, a federal grand jury in Lexington returned a four-count indictment Friday against Jamie Derickson.

The indictment alleges that on Aug. 17, 2016, Derickson conspired with several inmates in the jail, agreeing that the inmates would assault another inmate after Derickson placed him in a jail cell.  They did and caused bodily injury to the unnamed inmate. The Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

The indictment alleges that Derickson violated the injured inmate’s constitutional rights by aiding and abetting the assault and by being deliberately indifferent to the know serious risk that the inmate would be assaulted.

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The indictment also alleges that Derickson later lied to FBI agents when he claimed that he did not know the inmates were going to assault another inmate.

If convicted, Derickson faces up to 10 years for each civil rights offense and five years for lying to investigators.

The FBI conducted the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hydee Hawkins and trial attorney Zachary Dembo of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case.