A Pasco County detention deputy was fired Wednesday after he was accused of striking an inmate who was restrained after causing a disturbance in his cell last week.
Jorge Febus, 41, was arrested and faces a charge of battery by a secure facility employee on a confined person, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies say Febus was working in the holding area of the Pasco County Jail in New Port Richey on Sept. 14 when an inmate caused a disturbance by kicking and punching the door of his holding cell.
While the inmate was restrained, two deputies saw Febus — who had been with the agency since 2009 — strike the inmate on the side of the head without provocation, according to the sheriff’s office.
The inmate was not injured and did not require treatment, deputies say.