EBR Prison security guard arrested, fired for punching inmate in the face
POSTED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 5:50pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 7:51pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A former employee with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office was arrested today for allegedly punching a man who was being booked into the prison.
According to reports, Brent Ashley Rideau, 32, was working security at the parish prison when the victim was being processed.
“The inmate stated he was drunk and was being loud and cursing and yelling racially charged language at Rideau,” Casey Rayborn Hicks, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, said. “Rideau then allegedly punched the inmate in the face rendering him unconscious.”
The inmate was transported to a local hospital. He sustained a broken nose and a fracture to his face.
“Once made aware of the incident, the prison conducted an investigation of Rideau’s actions,” Hicks said.
“Rideau was terminated on August 29, 2013 as a result of the incident. EBRSO detectives began a criminal investigation of the incident and after locating witnesses and obtaining statements were able to obtain an arrest warrant today.”
Rideau turned himself in to detectives. He is charged with Second-Degree Battery and Malfeasance in Office. He will be booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Rideau was an employee with the Sheriff's Office from August 2008 to August 2013.