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A Los Angeles County sheriff’s custody assistant pleaded not guilty Thursday to an assault charge for his alleged role in an attack on a jail inmate almost three years ago.

Jonathan Grijalva, 28,  is charged with one count of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury.

Grijalva was allegedly approached Feb. 15, 2014, by an inmate who asked him to leave the area so another inmate could be beaten while he was working at the North County Correctional Facility, where he was assigned to supervise inmates in several dormitories, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Grijalva allegedly walked away and then refused access to medical attention to the inmate, who suffered a fractured jaw and nose, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Grijalva — who could face up to four years in prison if convicted as charged — is free on $60,000 bond. His attorney said Grijalva has been relieved of duty without pay.

An inmate, Raul McDonald, 49, also has been charged with assault in connection with the attack. He has also pleaded not guilty.

—City News Service

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