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Two weeks ago, Walter C. McCann was a confinement officer at the Huntington County Jail. On Friday afternoon, he went there to turn himself in.

McCann, 44, had a warrant for his arrest on misdemeanor charges of battery and criminal recklessness that stem from allegations that he used too much force against a handcuffed inmate, according to the Indiana State Police.

On April 17, a male inmate at the jail was handcuffed and placed in a holding cell for disciplinary reasons. While in the cell, he was battered by McCann, state police said.

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel said he learned of the incident about two days later. Stoffel said he watched video of what happened and determined that McCann did not follow the jail’s procedures. The sheriff declined to give further details of the alleged battery because of the pending court case.

Stoffel said he consulted with the county prosecutor’s office and decided to have the Indiana State Police look into the matter. A state police detective was assigned to the case, and he conducted a two-month-long investigation, state police said.

The inquiry led the county prosecutor’s office to file charges against McCann on Thursday, and an arrest warrant was issued Friday.

Stoffel said McCann was fired about two weeks ago because of his actions. He was previously suspended without pay, the sheriff said.

Aside from these allegations, McCann had no disciplinary issues in the seven or eight years he worked at the jail, Stoffel said.

McCann, of Huntington, posted a $7,000 bond to be released from custody. A message left at his home was not returned Friday.