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Montgomery DA: 6 ex-correctional officers charged in jail assaults

NORRISTOWN, Pa. - Six former Montgomery County jail guards have been charged in connection with the assault of two inmates.

The former correctional officers face charges that include aggravated and simple assault in the alleged attacks at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Lower Providence Township on February 14.

They were identified as Edwin Negron, formerly a captain; Darin Collins formerly a lieutenant; and former correctional officers Alfred Gregory, Jr., Anthony Saxby, Randall Sims, and Jason Marshall.

District Attorney Kevin Steele said one of the inmates, identified as Derrick Houlihan, who has a prosthetic leg, was beaten in his cell, taken to the prison's medical facility for treatment and then beaten again. Video surveillance shows the Houlihan never fought back.

Later the same morning, Matthew Ruffings was assaulted in his cell when several officers punched him in the face, according to the DA, who added that three officers wearing body cameras did not activate them, or they tried to destroy the video that was captured.

Another corrections officer's involvement with the assaults was investigated, but the grand jury did not recommend charges against him.

All seven correctional officers were placed on administrative leave immediately after the incidents were reported and were then fired following the prison's internal investigation, according to a news release from the district attorney's office.

The six officers were arrested and arraigned Friday. Each one was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

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