Sheriff’s Office: Pasco detention deputy charged, fired for striking restrained inmate

Jorge Febus, photo via the Pasco County Sheriff's Office
Jorge Febus, photo via the Pasco County Sheriff's Office

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Pasco detectives charged a former detention deputy for the battery of inmate. The alleged crime occurred when the suspect, 41-year-old Jorge Febus, was still on the job.

Febus was arrested Wednesday. He’s charged with battery by a secure facility employee on a confined person.

The incident occurred on Sept. 14, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies said Febus was in a New Port Richey courthouse holding area, in his capacity as a deputy sheriff.

“An inmate caused a disturbance by kicking and punching the door in the holding cell,” a sheriff’s office spokesperson said. “While the inmate was in a restraint device, Febus struck the inmate on the side of the head, without provocation.”

Deputies said the inmate didn’t sustain injuries and did not need medical help.

Two deputies who were at the scene confirmed Febus’ actions, according to the sheriff’s Office.

Febus, who has been fired, started with the department in 2009. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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