Cell attendant accused of violating civil rights

Posted at 12:00 PM, Aug 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-04 18:29:44-04

The cell block attendant accused of abusing a handcuffed man pleaded not guilty in court Thursday morning.

On May 19, Matthew Jaskula allegedly pushed the man face-first into a door, causing the door to fly open. Investigators claim the victim then hit his face again on a shelf before falling to the ground.

Jaskula is accused of then dragging the victim 10 to 15 feet to an open cell, where he was left bleeding and put in a restraint chair used for non-compliant prisoners. Jaskula reportedly left the victim in the chair for about an hour and 45 minutes without seeking medical attention.

According to the July 13 indictment, Jaskula violated the civil rights of a person in custody.

Jaskula faces up to 10 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. He will be back in federal court on December 7 at 10:30 a.m.