Former Grundy Co. Sheriff's deputy charged with attacking handcuffed person, lying to FBI

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A former deputy has been indicted after federal officials say he assaulted a person while he was an employee of the Grundy County Sheriff's Office, and then lied to the FBI about it.

According to the Department of Justice (DOJ), Gregory Higgins has been charged with using excessive and unreasonable force over an incident in July 25, 2017. Higgins was a captain in the department at the time.

According to court documents, Higgins hit a handcuffed person's head against a doorframe, injuring them.

Sheriff Clint Shrum confirmed Higgins left the sheriff's office on August 28, 2017.

When Higgins spoke with an FBI agent in June 2018 about the incident, officials say he lied and told them the man had hit his own head.

Higgins has been charged with deprivation of rights under color of law, and making false statements to the FBI. According to the DOJ, the first count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, while the second carries a maximum penalty of five years.

The case was investigated by the FBI in Knoxville.

You can read the indictment below:

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