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Pasco deputy arrested for abuse of 16 year old inmate

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NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) -

In a media briefing room at the Pasco County Sheriff's Office in New Port Richey, Sheriff Chris Nocco addressed reporters about an incident that took place at the Pasco County Jail on June 20th.

According to the sheriff, Deputy Norman Grant had a 16 year old inmate restrained in a chair. The inmate complained about how tight the restraints were and tried to loosen them.

Sheriff Nocco says Grant then, "He put his hands around his neck and started choking him and he stated, 'I will break your neck'."

The inmate later filed a complaint.

Sheriff Nocco says marks on the boy's body and a video recording of the event backed up his story.

"We looked at the video.  It was clear as to the actions that he took, which were totally inappropriate and were criminal in our minds," Nocco said.

Deputy Grant was arrested and taken to the county jail.

The sheriff's office is not releasing the video at this time because they say it is evidence for the state attorney's office.

The sheriff said during the investigation, Deputy Grant was asked for an interview about what happened.  Grant refused and hired a lawyer.

Nocco told reporters that, "Because of his actions, he's going to be fired today."

Grant was hired in April of 2006.  Prior to the abuse allegation, Grant was investigated three other times.

In October of 2011, he was investigated for excessive or unnecessary force.

In February of this year, he was investigated for excessive or unnecessary force.

And on June 13th, he was also investigated for threatening an inmate to drop a lawsuit.

Those three investigations were determined to be unsubstantiated or unfounded.

Sheriff Chris Nocco said in hindsight, Deputy Grant's actions might show a pattern.

"When these alleged incidents happened in the past they were unfounded. But now when you look at this incident that occurred and we have it on video and we have clear marks on the juvenile, maybe it shows along the way this deputy probably should never have worn a badge," said Nocco.

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