ACI correctional officer violently assaulted by inmate

A correctional officer was violently assaulted by Darren Frappier, an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institution, according to the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers. (WJAR/Police photo from a previous arrest in 2016)

A correctional officer was violently assaulted by an inmate at the Adult Correctional Institution, according to the Rhode Island Brotherhood of Correctional Officers.

Darren Frappier, 22, formerly of Blackstone, is accused of attacking the officer, breaking the officer’s eye socket, nose and injuring his shoulder, the union noted.

“The punch definitely broke his eye socket, fractured his eye socket, broke his nose,” Correctional Officers Union President Richard Ferruccio told NBC 10 News, adding that Frappier attacked the officer as he was trying to close Frappier’s cell Wednesday morning. “As the officer went to push the door closed, I understand the inmate put his foot in the door to stop it and he immediately assaulted the officer, punching him in the face.”

Frappier was serving a 30-day sentence for domestic assault, said the RIBCO.

According to the RIBCO, the inmate’s records to back to 2014, which includes another assault charge and breaking and entering, among others.

“He’s just an angry young man. A shame what he did,” Ferruccio said, noting that Frappier has had discipline problems in the ACI in the past.

Frappier, who was arraigned on felony assault charges on a correctional officer and disorderly conduct, could now face up to five more years behind bars if convicted.

The Rhode Island State Police are investigating the attack.

The officer was treated at a hospital and later released.

The attack marks the second time in as many months an officer has been assaulted at the state prison.

In May, a correctional officer was stabbed by 79-year-old inmate, John Carillo. Carillo was serving a life sentence for killing a correctional officer at the ACI 45 years ago.

But the union president does not see a trend at the prison.

“It happens,” Ferruccio said. “This is a volatile population.”

(NBC 10’s Brian Crandall contributed to this report.)

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