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By City News Service
Posted: 10/16/15 – 8:01 PM PDT |

LOS ANGELES >> In a case stemming from the beating of a handcuffed man at Men’s Central Jail, a sixth former member of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was indicted Friday on federal charges for allegedly participating in the cover-up of the incident.

Byron Dredd, 33, no longer with the department, was named in a three-count indictment charging him with conspiracy to violate Gabriel Carrillo’s civil rights and two counts of making false reports, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Five other former deputies have been convicted in relation to the 2011 assault and are pending sentencing in Los Angeles federal court.

Dredd, like his previously convicted co-defendants, was assigned to the visiting center at the downtown jail.

On Feb. 26, 2011, Carrillo and his girlfriend went to the jail to visit his incarcerated brother. Both visitors had cell phones in their possession, which is prohibited under jail rules.

When the phones were discovered, Carrillo was handcuffed and brought into an employee break room, where he was beaten and sprayed with a burning agent similar to pepper spray, evidence showed.

The victim was later transferred to the hospital by paramedics. As a result of false statements made by the previously convicted deputies and allegedly made by Dredd, Carrillo was charged with several crimes, including resisting an officer and battery.

The indictment against Dredd alleges he wrote an incident report in which he falsely claimed that Carrillo attacked one of the deputies and then attempted to escape, prosecutors said.

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