Ex-Tennessee jail official charged with assault of inmate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee jailer has been indicted on charges of assaulting an inmate.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says former Claiborne County jailer Mark Steven Ellis was indicted on charges of assault and official oppression. Ellis was booked Monday into the jail he previously helped oversee.

Citing sheriff's office records, The Knoxville News reports Ellis used a stun gun on Robert Davis Jr., who was struggling against officers attempting to put him in a restraint chair in May. TBI says it determined responsibility for Davis' assault lies with Ellis, who was fired after allegations surfaced.

Ellis' attorney, T. Scott Jones, says Ellis will plead not guilty as he followed policy. A provided copy of sheriff's policies says stun guns can be used to control detainees.

Ellis has since posted bail.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com