Ex-deputy accused of excessive force at Va jail

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2009 at 5:12 PM

Updated Friday, Dec 4 at 5:46 PM

CULPEPER, Va. (AP) — A former Culpeper County deputy is scheduled to appear in court next week to answer charges that he used excessive force at the county jail.

Sheriff Jim Branch says 44-year-old Daniel T. Gent of Orange County was arrested Wednesday and charged with assault and battery. Gent was released on a uniform summons.

Gent is accused of using excessive force while escorting a male inmate from one room to another on Nov. 21.

Public information officer Corey Byers says the inmate complained of a sore neck but refused to go to a hospital.

Branch says Gent is no longer employed by the sheriff's office. The sheriff wouldn't provide details, saying it was a personnel matter.

Gent's first court appearance is set for Dec. 9.

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Information from: The Free Lance-Star, http://www.fredericksburg.com/

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