Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Jocelyn Samuels, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach and Special Agent in Charge for the FBI Cleveland Field Office Stephen D. Anthony, announced today that former Lorain County, Ohio corrections officer Marlon Taylor, 47, of Vermilion, Ohio, was charged in the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Ohio with one count of deprivation of rights under color of law.
The criminal information alleges that on July 29, 2012, Taylor, while working as a corrections officer in the Lorain County Jail, assaulted an inmate identified as Victim 1 by striking him repeatedly, causing bodily injury and depriving Victim 1 the right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment.
If convicted, Taylor faces a potential maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. A charge is not evidence of guilt and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
The investigation has been conducted by the FBI Cleveland Field Office. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Antoinette T. Bacon and Lauren Bell, and, Trial Attorney Betsy Biffl of the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section will prosecute the case.