Former Kentucky Jail Official Charged with Civil Rights Offense, Writing a False Report and Making False Statements to Investigators
Gregory Evans, 50, was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Lexington, Kentucky, for using unlawful force against a pretrial detainee while Evans was a captain at the Madison County Detention Center.
Today’s indictment charges Evans with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law, one count of writing a false report about the incident and one count of making false statements to law enforcement. The indictment alleges that Evans used unreasonable force when he assaulted pretrial detainee E.B., resulting in bodily injury to E.B.; and it further charges that Evans wrote a false report about the assault and that he made false statements to the FBI.
The first count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment, the second count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years and the third count carries a maximum penalty of five years. Actual sentences, in case of conviction, are decided by the judge.
This case was investigated by the Lexington Resident Agency of the FBI. It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Dembo for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Trial Attorney Andrew Manns for the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.
Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Carlton S. Shier IV for the Eastern District of Kentucky and Special Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen of the FBI Louisville Field Office made the announcement.
An indictment is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.