FARMINGTON — A Franklin County Jail inmate has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly kicked and punched a fellow inmate on Friday, Sheriff Scott Nichols said.

Joseph Begin, 37, of Jay, was being held in the jail’s minimum security wing while awaiting trial on two counts of gross sexual assault stemming from a March 2014 incident in New Sharon.

Early Friday morning, Begin and an older inmate got into an argument and Begin picked up the inmate, who had been sitting, and threw him against a wall, Nichols said. When the inmate fell to the ground, Begin punched and kicked him before he picked him up again and threw him into metal tables, Nichols said.

Sgt. John Donald came in and broke up the fight, after which Begin was moved to maximum security, where he is being held in a room by himself, Nichols said.

According to Nichols, the inmate who was assaulted is 15 or 20 years older than Begin and did not fight back. The victim was assessed by nursing staff and did not require medical treatment.

Begin is being held in lieu of $25,000 cash bail at the jail in connection with the sexual assault case. If convicted of the aggravated assault charge, he faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $20,000 fine.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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