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Published: Friday, 12/29/2006

2 deputies arraigned in assault on inmate

Two Lucas County sheriff's deputies were arraigned in U.S. District Court yesterday for charges that they violated the civil rights of a teenage inmate and for felony conspiracy.

Troy Jackson and Marc Odoms each pleaded not guilty to charges of deprivation of rights and witness tampering conspiracy. Deputy Odoms is also charged with making false statements. The men remain free on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

Authorities allege that Deputy Jackson assaulted Jacob Sanford, now 17, in a holding cell on Jan. 20, 2005. Deputy Odoms is accuse of failing to intervene.

The deputies are also accused of lying about the incident in departmental reports they filed and giving false testimony at the teenager's trial on a felony assault charge that stemmed from the incident. The teen was accused of head-butting Deputy Jackson in the face, a crime for which he was convicted.

Judge Jack Zouhary set a status conference for the case on March 13.

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