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BOP Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Brutality Charges

In an ongoing criminal investigation, the Department of Justice, Office of Inspector General, is continuing its probe into allegations of obstruction of justice and other civil rights violations at the federal prison in Beaumont, Texas. The investigation took a dramatic leap forward when Bryan Small, a 34-year-old lieutenant at the Beaumont unit, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice on Tuesday, February 13, 2001.

Small, who worked as a supervisor, "did knowingly and willfully conspire and agree together with other persons both known and unknown, to commit an offense against the United states," according to the U. S. Attorney Charges filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas_Beaumont Division on Monday, February 12, 2001.

"On or about May 10, 1999, defendant Bryan Small spoke to Correctional Officers Robert Townley and Jabali Yuman about what false story they could use to cover up Townley and Yuman's unlawful assault on inmates Keith Jacocks and Dwayne Owens," continued the U.S. Attorney Charges. However, the court documents did not give the date of the unlawful assault on Jacocks and Owens.

Small faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The ten year veteran of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) handed in his resignation, which was effective as of Wednesday, February 14,2001.

Source: News Release_Office of U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Texas (2-14-01); Attorney Charges filed (2-12-01).

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