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Staff member at Tecumseh prison assaulted by inmate, state says
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Staff member at Tecumseh prison assaulted by inmate, state says

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A female staff member at the Tecumseh State Correctional Institution was assaulted by an inmate Thursday, according to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

After the staff member had repeatedly told the inmate to return to his housing unit, the inmate refused to move and punched the staff member multiple times. The inmate was restrained by other staff after pepper spray was used on him.

The staff member was treated at a local hospital. The housing unit where the incident occurred was placed on "modified operations," where it was closely monitored and  movement of inmates was controlled.

The assault will be investigated, with results sent to the county attorney to determine whether there will be a criminal prosecution.

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Sadiyah AIi is a Portland, Oregon native and senior at University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying journalism and political science.

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