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: