According to the inmate, "Gainey walked in during the middle of it and participated in the whole assault," she said. "Kennedy couldn't identify him
because of the position he was in."
The six guards previously arrested in the beating had been exonerated in internal disciplinary hearings during which they said that Kennedy injured
himself while intoxicated, Linton said.
But, as a result of the witness' statement, "we're claiming they fabricated the story for the disciplinary hearings," she said.
Kennedy contended that the guards beat him while he was handcuffed and shackled.
Gainey, a supervisor at the Kensington center, was arrested at Laurel Hall, a pre-release facility in Northeast Philadelphia, Linton said.
He was charged with aggravated and simple assault, conspiracy, reckless endangerment, making terroristic threats, making false reports to police, obstructing administration of law, hindering prosecution, official oppression, fabrication of evidence, tampering with evidence and aiding the consummation of a crime, she said.
Gainey's arrest brings to 13 the number of correctional officers arrested in an investigation of corruption and brutality in the city's prison system. Linton said no more arrests were expected regarding the March 15 incident.
Corrections officials announced last week that the Kensington pre-release center will be closed by the end of this month.