Herbert Breneman. (Source: Vanderburgh County Jail)
Five Vanderburgh County jail inmates are charged with battery after officials say they beat a man in jail.
Authorities say the incidents are taken very seriously.
The Vanderburgh County Jail is built to hold 512 inmates and is almost always over capacity. Officials say it's impossible to watch every inmate, every hour of the day and fights like this one do happen.
Deputies tell 14 News that on Saturday, inmate Nicholas Strader told officers that five other inmates assaulted him.
According to the probable cause affidavit, Strader said he was pinned down and the assailants removed his pants and underwear, then beat him with a jail shoe.
The officer noted several red marks on Strader and he was evaluated by the jail nurse.
Strader told officers this isn't the first time he and other inmates have been bullied and that he has been forced to dance naked on previous occasions. He says the smaller inmates and sex offenders are bullied and extorted for commissary.
Deputies say Blake Fisher, Binnie Bryant, Finas Wilder, Darius Staten and Herbert Breneman have all been charged with battery by prosecutors.
Chief Deputy Dave Wedding says they have protocols in place to combat bad behavior in jail.
"Inmates create more problems than just fighting with one another in the cells. They do many things that get them in trouble. We can either charge them with a crime or we can also take away what we call their good time where they serve a longer sentence as a punishment," Wedding said.
Officials say they do try to separate violent offenders and sex offenders from the general population.
The jail says Strader is being held on a $500 bond for shoplifting last month and was housed with the violent offenders, but has since been moved.