HONOLULU (KHON2) — A former adult correctional officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for assaulting an inmate and multi-year conspiracy for covering up abuse in a 2015 incident, according to officials.

Taum, a 50-year-old man supervised his two co-Defendants and a correctional officer transport the inmate across the facility at the Hawaii Community Correctional Center.

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Officials said that the inmate was not violent when the officers started to punch and kick the inmate.

Taum encouraged them to continue, officials said.

The inmates jaw, eye sockets and nose broke as a result of the assault.

Over the years, Taum allegedly wrote false reports, submitted false statements and even provided false testimony to cover up the abuse.

“This case highlights how the FBI will vigorously investigate and hold
accountable any individual who violates the civil rights of an inmate,” said FBI
Special Agent in Charge Steven Merrill.

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He continued, “We are committed in ensuring that every
citizen—whether free or incarcerated—can exercise their protected liberties without
fear of violence. This case should deter others in a position of power from such
behavior in the future.”

Taum was sentenced on Nov. 16, 2022.