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Ex-Arizona detention office indicted in 3 cases

A former Arizona detention officer has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault after he was videotaped beating two different inmates.

A former Arizona detention officer has been charged with five counts of aggravated assault after he was videotaped beating two different inmates.

The Maricopa County attorney's office also announced Friday that Kevin Michael Gerster has been indicted on two counts of computer tampering.

The 35-year-old Gerster resigned from the county sheriff's office Dec. 1 after he was arrested.

A jail surveillance video shows Gerster stepping on the neck of an inmate who was restrained and bent over a table Nov. 11. In a June 5 video also released to the media, Gerster is shown punching another inmate in the jaw.

Gerster is also accused of looking up the address of an ex-inmate for a friend.

A court spokesman says Gerster is out on bail. A message seeking comment was left Friday at a telephone listing for a Kevin Michael Gerster in Phoenix.

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