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Jail’s ex-superintendent faces federal charges

LEXINGTON (AP) A Virginia jail’s former superintendent and head nurse are facing federal charges.

The federal indictment unsealed Aug. 16 alleges that 61-year-old John Higgins violated inmates’ civil rights, media outlets reported. It’s alleged he failed to protect inmates at Rockbridge Regional Jail from physical abuse or to provide medical treatment. He’s charged with four counts of deprivation of rights.

The grand jury also indicted former jail head nurse 58-year-old Gary Hassler on two counts of falsifying documents. It’s alleged Hassler falsely reported on jail medical logs that an inmate refused to take his medication. He’s also accused of falsifying an incident report from March 2017.

The Roanoke Times reported that Higgins had no comment and that McGinn did not reply to requests for comment.

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