The Department of Justice announced that Robert George, a former sergeant with the Hickory Police Department, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of using excessive force against a female arrestee, and for obstructing justice.

The indictment alleges that on Nov. 11, 2013, George assaulted a female victim, by slamming her face-first to the ground, causing her to suffer bodily injury.

The following day, George allegedly wrote a false police report to cover up the offense.

George, age 45, of Hickory, was arraigned Monday in federal court.

An indictment is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI.