Eastern Kentucky deputy jailer charged with assaulting female inmate

A deputy jailer at the Kentucky River Regional Detention Center is facing a fourth-degree assault charge for attacking a female inmate, state police said.

Police said they were notified of an assault involving Deputy Jailer Roy Lawson, 40, of Hazard, at 9:40 a.m. on Friday. Edna J. Chapman, 28, of Hazard was the victim of the assault, police said. Jail records indicate that she has been held since Dec. 21.

Lawson was arrested and booked into the detention center.