Florida prison guard accused in beating now charged with child molestation

Posted at 12:24 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 12:24:20-05

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prison guard accused in a lawsuit of leaving a female inmate paralyzed after a beating is now also being charged with child molestation.

The Ocala Star-Banner reports Keith Turner was fired as a corrections officer after being arrested Wednesday and charged with sexual battery, lewd or lascivious exhibition, and two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation.

Turner is being sued by inmate who claims he and three other Lowell Correctional Institution guards beat her so severely they broke her neck.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office says it began investigation Turner after a girl told her parents about repeated abuse beginning in 2012.

Investigators say the victim was 7 or 8 when the abuse began. They also say Turned molested at least one other child.

He is being held without bond. Jail records don't list a lawyer for Turner.