Iberia Parish Sheriff Charged For More Civil Rights Violations
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal, his top deputy Lt. Col. Gerald Savoy and former Capt. Mark Frederick are being charged in a superseding indictment with civil rights violations arising from the beatings of two men.
The U.S. Department of Justice, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta and U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley announced the charges via pres release this afternoon.
The superseding indictment charges Ackal with one count of conspiracy against rights for conspiring to assault a man who was arrested for an alleged against one of Ackal's relatives.
Savoy and Frederick were both charged with one count each of deprivation of rights under the color of the law for assaulting another man detained at the Iberia Parish Jail in September 2011. Both men already face similar charges stemming from inmate beatings that occurred in April 2011.
If convicted, Ackal, Savoy and Frederick face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each civil rights violation.
Nine former Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office employees have pleaded guilty in related cases.
The case is being investigated by the FBI's Lafayette Resident Agency.