4th Florida prison officer faces charge for inmate beating

Florida jail guard accused of sexual misconduct with inmate
Posted at 6:49 AM, Aug 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-20 06:49:11-04

CLERMONT, Fla. (AP) — A fourth Florida correctional officer has been charged with a felony after a video taken by an inmate using a smuggled cellphone showed several guards beating another prisoner.

The Florida Department of Corrections said Monday that Officer Ian Gretka faces a charge of being a principal to malicious battery, a third-degree felony.

An arrest affidavit says Gretka hit the inmate 13 times in the rib cage.

Investigators say the attack occurred July 8 at Lake Correctional Institution in Clermont.

An unnamed inmate gave commentary on a five-minute video as the beating was happening. He shot the video through a cell window and sent it to another person, who uploaded it online.

Gretka has been fired.

Online court records showed no court docket and no attorney for Gretka.

Below is video of the incident that was posted to YouTube: