Two Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officers have been arrested and are facing charges after investigations into two separate incidents revealed the use of excessive force when handling offenders, Chief Deputy James Travis said Thursday.

Both employees, Jared Ribuldo, 34, of Luling, and Vera Chester, 50, of Hammond, were placed on administrative leave pending separate investigations into allegations of misconduct, Chief Travis said.

"After a thorough investigation into each incident, both individuals were arrested and charged. Both subjects have been terminated from the department," he said.

Authorities obtained a warrant March 17 for the arrest of Rebaldo on charges of simple battery and second degree battery. They arrested him March 22 and booked him in the parish jail.

Chester, who is also accused of giving false statements, was arrested Wednesday and charged with simple battery, aggravated battery, and injuring public records, Chief Travis said.

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