City officer convicted of assault on teenager

He was accused of hitting shackled boy with baton

February 12, 2005|By Ryan Davis | Ryan Davis,SUN STAFF

A Baltimore police officer was convicted yesterday of misdemeanor assault and misconduct charges stemming from an accusation last year that he hit a handcuffed teenager in the face with a metal baton.

Officer Gregory M. Mussmacher faces up to 10 years in prison on the second-degree assault conviction. There are no sentencing guidelines for misconduct. Circuit Judge Allen L. Schwait acquitted Mussmacher of other misconduct and assault charges, including felony assault.

Mussmacher, 30, who had worked as a Northwest District officer, had been suspended without pay before the trial.

On April 27, a woman called police after her 17-year-old son and his sister got into an argument at their Northwest Baltimore home. Before Mussmacher arrived, the boy left the house, prosecutors said, and two other officers stopped the teenager while he was walking away. Mussmacher approached as the officers were talking with the boy, prosecutors said.

Mussmacher was accused of confronting the teenager, pushing him and hitting him in the face. Mussmacher arrested the boy and charged him with disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer, and took him to the Northwest District office, prosecutors said.

Mussmacher also was accused of spraying the boy with pepper spray and striking the shackled and handcuffed teenager in the face and back with his metal baton.

The boy suffered a cut on his left cheek and two fractures of his left sinus, prosecutors said. The charges against the teen were dropped because of insufficient evidence, prosecutors said.

Mussmacher is scheduled for sentencing March 29, said Assistant State's Attorney A. Thomas Krehely Jr.

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