A Berkeley County detention officer was arrested more than a year after investigators say he struck a restrained inmate at a Moncks Corner jail.

Billy Wade Biering, 49, of Ridgeville, was charged with third degree assault and battery by the State Law Enforcement Division. Biering hit a restrained inmate at the Hill-Finklea Detention Center with a closed fist several times on May 12, 2012, according to an affidavit.

He was booked into the Hill-Finklea Detention Center, according to SLED. Biering was released after a judge set his bail on Tuesday, according to court records. He was released on a $1,092 personal recognizance bail.

Biering’s is expected in court on Sept. 12. Information about his employment status with Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said Biering is a former employee and would not comment further.

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