July 2, 2010
A Portsmouth police officer accused of assaulting a prisoner is on administrative leave.
The Portsmouth Police Department says 45-year-old Eric Paul Sjoberg was placed on administrative leave Thursday after a grand jury charged him with assault and battery, a misdemeanor.
The police department says the alleged assault occurred May 26 as Sjoberg was transporting a prisoner. The prisoner wasn't injured.
Details of the incident weren't released.
Sjoberg has been with the police department since 2004.