Kevin Gerster, Inmate-Beating Former MCSO Detention Officer, Gets Jail Time *VIDEO*
Former Maricopa County Sheriff's Detention Officer Kevin Gerster is heading back to jail -- only this time as an inmate.
Gerster initially was charged with five counts of aggravated assault for beating up inmates on at least two separate occasions (see the video below), and two counts of computer tampering for allegedly using a jail database to get the home address of a former inmate. He gave the address to a friend, Dennis McCarty, who then used the information to find the former inmate and assault him because he was dating McCarty's estranged wife.
This morning, Gerster pleaded guilty to reduced charges -- two counts of aggravated assault and one count of unauthorized access of criminal records.
For one of the assault charges, Gerster was sentenced to one year in county jail and two years probation. For the other assault, he was sentenced to six months in jail and two years probation. He was hit with a year of probation for the unauthorized access to criminal records.
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The sentences will run concurrently.
Gerster, as you may recall, had the starring role in a MCSO jail-security video as he stomped the neck of an inmate after he was slammed face-first into a metal table.
In another instance, he punched a different inmate in the face while the jailbird was heavily medicated and in a four-point restraint.
The Sheriff's Office tells New Times it's in the process of putting together a written statement about Gerster's conviction. Check back for updates.
Meantime, watch some video of Gerster beating on inmates below. .
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