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Perry Co. deputy jailer facing assault charges against inmate

By: Katie Roach Email
By: Katie Roach Email

A Perry County deputy jailer is facing assault charges after a female inmate accuses him of slapping her.

The incident happened Thursday night at the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

Inmate Jessica Chapman says she has never had any problem with any of the guards at the Kentucky River Regional Jail.

"I go out in the hallway, and I'm talking to him and I'm standing there with my hands behind my back. And I said I'm sorry, I didn't know any thing was going on. I just kept saying I'm sorry cause he was really mad," said Chapman.

That's when Chapman says the deputy jailer hit her.

"Since 2005 this is the second time that I can remember something like this happening, and when it does we don't condone it and we start investigating immediately," said Kentucky River Regional Jail Administrator Tim Cliburn.

Cliburn called Kentucky State Police. Investigators found that Deputy Jailer Roy Lawson apparently had made contact with Jessica Chapman. There investigation shows the altercation was unwarranted.

Kentucky State Police took that information to the county attorney, and he was charged with fourth degree assault. He was arrested and brought to the Kentucky River Regional Jail where he has since bonded out.

Cliburn says Lawson has been suspended from work pending the investigation.

Jessica Chapman is in jail on bench warrants.

We could not reach Roy Lawson for a comment.

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