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Jail Guard Arrested For Assaulting Female Inmate

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File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a prison cell. (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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UNION, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say an officer at the Union County jail has been arrested after pushing a female inmate against a wall, causing her to cut her head.

State Law Enforcement Division agents said 38-year-old Ronald Pruitt was arrested Wednesday and charged with third-degree assault.

Authorities say Pruitt pushed the inmate on May 31. SLED says the Union County Sheriff’s Office asked its agents to investigate.

Pruitt is charged with a misdemeanor and faces up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine if convicted.

It wasn’t known if he had a lawyer.

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