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Monday, August 23, 2010— A Chicago man awaiting trial for failing to register as a sex offender now faces additional charges after he attacked a correctional officer and left him with a broken eye socket, Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced Monday.

Charles HallCharles Hall, 27, of the 2300 block of West Monroe Street, is charged with aggravated battery to an officer as a result of an Aug. 10 incident in the maximum security division of the Cook County Jail. Already being held on $300,000 bond as a result of his July arrest, his bond was increased on Saturday to $650,000 because of this arrest.

This marks the second time in as many months that Hall has been charged with attacking an officer, after investigations were carried out by the Cook County Sheriff’s Criminal Intelligence Unit. In July, Hall was arrested for spitting on an officer.

On Aug. 10, Hall was out of his cell and was being led back inside by a 5th-year correctional officer when Hall turned and punched the officer in the face, screaming “I’m going to kill you.” Hall then continued punching the officer in the face as the officer struggled to detain him. A nearby officer, following the jail’s use of force standards, then deployed pepper spray at Hall. But Hall used his uniform to wipe his face and continued pummeling responding officers. Spray was deployed a second time, after which he was detained.

Hall was de-contaminated from the spray at Cermak Hospital, but suffered no other injuries. The officer suffered a broken right eye socket, as well as bruising to his jaw and forehead and remains unable to return to work.

After appearing in bond court on Saturday, Hall’s next court date is set for Sept. 3. He has been in the Cook County Jail since he was arrested for shoplifting. After being processed for stealing $36 in merchandise, officers realized he was wanted for failing to register as a sex offender. He is listed on the registry as a sex offender for committing an act more than a decade ago against a child younger than 9 years old.

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