Two Pima Co. corrections officers fired, one faces charges

Two Pima Co. corrections officers fired, one faces charges
Garrett Andreatta (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)
Garrett Andreatta (Source: Pima County Sheriff's Department)

PIMA COUNTY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A former Pima County corrections officer is facing two counts of aggravated assault and has lost his job after criminal and administrative investigations by the Pima County Sheriff's Department. Bradley Kerby had been a corrections officer for more than three years.

Another corrections officer, Garrett Andreatta, was also fired.  According to a PCSD news release, Andreatta witnessed the incident, but refused to cooperate with the investigations. Andreatta had been a corrections officer for less than a year.

According to the release, the investigations began after allegations of a confrontation between a corrections officer and a juvenile on May 26. The juvenile had been involved in a fight earlier and was undergoing a medical evaluation.

It was during this evaluation that the handcuffed juvenile began making vulgar comments to staff members. According to PCSD, Kerby allegedly struck the juvenile two times without legal justification.

Several corrections officers witnessed the incident. One reported the incident to a supervisor, which prompted the investigations. Other corrections officers cooperated with the investigation.

Kerby was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations.

The Pima County Attorney's Office heard the case and determined his actions were grounds for aggravated assault charges. According to the PCAO, Kerby has been served with a criminal complaint and a notice of termination from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

According to PCSD the juvenile who was hit, did not report the incident.

A portion of the release from PCSD:

"We are proud that Corrections Officers witnessing this criminal misconduct came forward to report it. If not, this assault could have gone unreported and unaddressed. The Sheriff's Department immediately took aggressive action in launching both criminal and administrative investigations. We also took decisive and appropriate employment action to remove the employees who failed to live up to the public trust. The conduct of the two Officers in no way reflects upon the several hundred professional men and women who serve our department as Corrections Officers."

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