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New York guard charged with hitting inmate, breaking jaw

MALONE, N.Y. — A New York state prison guard has been charged with hitting an inmate in the face, breaking the man's jaw.

State police say they arrested 47-year-old Thomas Agans, of Brasher Falls, on Monday and charged him with one felony count of assault following his indictment by a Franklin County grand jury.

Troopers say the arrest comes after an investigation by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision into an incident that occurred at the medium-security Franklin Correctional Facility in Malone last December.

Police say the prison sergeant struck an inmate, causing a compound fracture to the man's jaw.

Agans was released under the supervision of the county probation office. Prison officials say the 17-year veteran is suspended without pay.

It couldn't be determined if he has a lawyer.