Ohio officer indicted in incident caught on camera
Written by By Associated Press   
Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:36

NELSONVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio police officer caught on video aggressively grabbing a seated and unarmed 15-year-old boy by the face and pushing him into a desk has been indicted on charges of kidnapping, assault and interfering with civil rights.

An Athens County grand jury in southwestern Ohio returned the three-count indictment against Nelsonville police Officer Randy Secoy on Monday.

The kidnapping charge is a felony, while the assault and civil rights charges are listed as misdemeanors.

Secoy's number is unlisted, and Police Chief Jason Wallace did not return calls and emails seeking comment Wednesday.

Wallace repudiated Secoy's behavior in an interview with WBNS-TV, calling it "a career-ending moment."

"I find it personally and professionally disturbing," Wallace said. "The physical response by that officer was completely unacceptable."

Secoy has been on unpaid leave since the allegations came to light last week.

The charges against Secoy, 41, stem from March 6, when the teenager was arrested on suspicion of fighting with another teen at a restaurant.

The surveillance video, taken from inside a suspect processing room, shows the teen sitting in a chair and talking on a cellphone before Secoy approaches him and takes the phone away. The teen then appears to look down, and that's when Secoy grabs his face and pushes him back against a desk while he's still seated.

Secoy then leans in close to the teen and appears to be telling him something for about 12 seconds as he continues to hold the young man's face tightly and shake it a couple times.

The indictment against Secoy says that the kidnapping charge is a result of his restraining the teen's liberty "under circumstances that created a risk of physical harm to him or placed him in fear."

Secoy is set to appear in court April 3.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 06:37

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