An investigation found that, during the violent assault, one inmate put on a latex glove and shoved his hand into the victim's rectum, apparently searching for drugs.

A brutal assault on an inmate in the Marion County Jail resulted in injuries to the 43-year-old man and additional charges for four other inmates.

Two inmates — Juan Pagan-Ayala, 29, and Cecil Eugene Wryals, 37 — were charged with sexual battery and aggravated battery. A Sheriff's Office investigation found that, during the violent assault, Pagan-Ayala put on a latex glove and shoved his hand into the victim's rectum, apparently searching for drugs.

Detectives say two other inmates suspected of standing by and shielding the attack also face new charges. Charles Reynaldo Murillo, 30, and Steven Alexander Villafane, 34, were charged with principal to aggravated battery.

According to a report by Detective Frank Scala, officials on July 31 received information that the inmate, whose name has not been released, had been beaten and possibly sexually assaulted by Pagan-Ayala and Wryals the night before.

A jail investigator looked into the incident.

The attack lasted 15 minutes, from 8:24 p.m. to 8:39 p.m., according to Scala's report. The area where it occurred, which was not disclosed, has 81 inmates. And others in the pod witnessed the attack.

Part of it was captured on surveillance video, but then the victim was dragged from camera view.

Scala, along with Detectives Ian Simpson and Joseph Miller, went to the jail to interview witnesses.

Scala talked with the victim before he was transported to a hospital. The man had a swollen black eye, a swollen right hand, missing teeth and possibly broken ribs. He said he had been booked into the jail in late July.

On the night of the assault, the man said, he was asleep on a top bunk when Pagan-Ayala and Wryals pulled him from his bed and dragged him to the back of the pod. He said they told him, "(Expletive) it out," twice but he did not know what they were talking about.

The victim said both men then punched and kicked him.

The man said Pagan-Ayala was given a latex glove to put on one of his hands and reached into the man's rectum. Afterward, the victim said he was told to keep quiet. He said the two men thought he had drugs in his colon.

Detectives said the pod was searched for drugs but none were found.

Other inmates backed up the victim's statement. Several said the man was screaming for help for "a long period of time" and begging Pagan-Ayala and Wryals to stop.

In an interview on Aug. 2. Pagan-Ayala told Scala he had traded food trays for drugs with the victim the night before the incident, according to the detective's report. He said he took the drugs and doesn't remember what happened the next day because he was under the influence.

Pagan-Ayala said he wasn't sure if he did anything to the man but other inmates told him what had happened, according to the report. Pagan-Ayala said he shaved his beard to change his appearance.

Wryals declined to be interviewed.

Murillo and Villafane were interviewed on Aug. 13. Murillo refused to talk to Scala.

Villafane said he saw the beating and put up a blanket to try and keep Wryals and Pagan-Ayala from getting in any trouble, according to the MCSO report. He said Murillo also put up a sheet.

Jail officials said the attack occurred in a housing dorm and there were no policy violations by staff. Detention deputies do hourly security checks after lock-down, which is usually by 11 p.m.

During the day, jail personnel said, there are no mandated security checks because the jail is not designed for direct observation where an officer is assigned to each housing section. Detention deputies are doing different duties, such as transporting inmates.

Pagan-Ayala has been in the jail since late January awaiting trial on attempted burglary.

Wryals has prior criminal convictions for aggravated assault with a weapon, armed burglary and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according court records. He has been held at the jail since August 2018 on violation of pre-release for domestic violence and awaiting trial for possession of a weapon or ammunition by a convicted felon and aggravated battery.

Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, austin.miller@starbanner.com or @almillerosb.