MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama prison officer has been indicted on federal charges of assaulting three inmates and then submitting a false statement about the incident.

Prosecutors say 55-year-old Lorenzo Mills was charged in an indictment with violating the civil rights of the men by hitting them with a wooden baton in October 2020.

He also was accused of falsely writing in a statement that he hadn’t used force against the inmates.

Mills was working as a sergeant at Draper prison in Elmore County at the time.

Federal court records didn’t include the name of a defense lawyer who could speak on Mills’ behalf.