A St. Mary Parish correctional officer was arrested after allegedly striking an inmate he was escorting.
Ricky Marttin, 51, was arrested Friday night on a simple battery charge at about 10:30. St. Mary Parish authorities say Marttin allegedly struck an inmate in the face while escorting the offender to a different room.
The inmate was attended to by medical personnel who found no injuries. Marttin was fired and placed under arrest. No bail has been set and the investigation is ongoing.
"These actions will not be tolerated here at the St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office," said St. Mary Parish Sheriff Mark Hebert in a statement. "We, as law enforcement officers, are entrusted with public safety. Those who break that trust will be held accountable."