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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors have announced charges against two Philadelphia prison guards in an alleged beating of an inmate last fall.

The U.S. attorney's office said Wednesday that 35-year-old Robert Berger and 47-year-old Nathaniel Morris are charged with violating the constitutional rights of an inmate at the Curran-Freehold Correctional Facility. They were also charged with making false statements relating to the incident.

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Prosecutors said the defendants are accused in an indictment of having repeatedly punched and kicked the inmate Sept. 10 although the victim "was compliant and not posing a physical threat to anyone."

A union representing correctional officers declined comment Wednesday.

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