A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and a jail employee have been charged with filing a false report for allegedly trying to cover up another deputy's assault on an inmate.
Prosecutors say 31-year-old Karin Ann Cring and 25-year-old Jayson Daniel Ellis were arrested Wednesday and released on $20,000 bail.
If convicted, they each face up to three years in jail.
Authorities say Cring, who earlier resigned as a sheriff's deputy, and Ellis filed a false report in December 2010. The two are accused of falsely supporting statements made by Deputy Jermaine Jackson. The deputies allegedly made up a story that an inmate was seen passing contraband that led to an assault.
Jackson has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted inmates then falsified reports about the incidents.