Former corrections officer indicted in 3 separate incidents

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX – A former detention officer has been charged with multiple counts of aggravated assault and computer tampering.

Kevin Michael Gerster, 45, faces charges in connection with three separate incidents. The indictments will be tried as three different cases. One of them involves the beating of a Maricopa County Jail inmate which was caught on videotape.

Gerster faces five counts of aggravated assault and two counts of computer tampering. He is accused of physically assaulting inmate Miguel Flores June 5 while Flores was physically restrained.

In another incident on Sept. 9 Gerster allegedly accessed a criminal record history which was unrelated to his job without permission.

The third indictment alleges Gerster physically assaulted another inmate, William Hughes, which was also caught by surveillance cameras and shared through the internet.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery says, “Today’s indictments should send a clear and unambiguous message that no one is above the law and that everyone, even those entrusted with enforcing the law, must and will be held accountable.”

Gerster resigned earlier this month. His next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 23.