Ex-guard pleads guilty in assault of inmate at Ohio jail

CLEVELAND (AP) — A former corrections officer at a troubled county jail in Cleveland pleaded guilty Friday to charges related to an assault on a female inmate strapped in a restraint chair.

Idris-Farid Clark and another Cuyahoga County corrections officer assaulted the woman in July 2018, authorities said, and Clark then grabbed the woman by the hair and sprayed pepper foam on her face. He pleaded guilty to attempted felonious assault, extortion and unlawful restraint charges.

The assault was recorded by a jail surveillance camera.

The extortion charge was connected to an effort by Clark to intimidate a corrections officer by claiming he had incriminating videos that he would release if the co-worker did not testify on his behalf, authorities said.

The second corrections officer involved in the assault, Robert Marsh, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault in November. He agreed to resign and testify during trials involving jail incidents.

A message seeking comment was left with Clark's attorney.

Sentencing is Feb. 27.

The case resulted from an ongoing investigation into problems at the jail by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.

The inmate, Chantelle Glass, has sued Clark, Marsh and Cuyahoga County in federal court.