Balt. Officer Convicted in Beating of Teen After Arrest

June 14, 2010

A Baltimore police officer has been convicted of violating a teenager's civil rights by beating him with a baton after a 2004 arrest.

Federal prosecutors say a jury returned a guilty verdict Thursday against Gregory Mussmacher. He faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 23.

Two former police officers pleaded guilty in the case and testified against Mussmacher.

Prosecutors say Mussmacher struck the 17-year-old arrestee in the face with his baton while the teen was handcuffed. The victim suffered a broken eye socket and jaw. Mussmacher then submitted false police reports to cover up what happened.

Former officer Guy Gerstel pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and admitted he also beat the teen. And former sergeant Wayne Thompson pleaded guilty to covering up the beating.


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