Four Lafayette deputies jailed in inmate’s beating

Four deputies who were fired from the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office in April following an inmate’s beating were arrested Tuesday.

State Police say its investigators determined that two of the deputies beat the man in a jail cell while the other two watched and did and said nothing.

Deputies Michael McSheffrey, 33, Brandon Gallien, 28, Adrian Theriot, 28, and Scarla Celestine, 33, were jailed on one count each of second-degree battery and malfeasance in office. All four turned themselves in Tuesday at the parish correctional center. Bond for each was set at $3,000.

Sheriff Mike Neustrom had asked for State Police assistance after the early April incident that hospitalized the inmate for days, Trooper 1st Class Stephen Hammons said.

Hammons said the inmate, whose identity was not released by State Police, was causing a disturbance in his cell when the beating took place on April 8.

McSheffrey and Gallien “entered the cell and struck the inmate an excessive number of times,” Hammons said in a news release.

The other two deputies, Theriot and Celestine, “watched as the events transpired and failed to stop the other deputies,” Hammons said. “All four deputies failed to report the incident accurately to supervisors.”

Neustrom fired the deputies on April 28 for violating the department’s use of force policy.

The case remains under investigation.