Dillon police officer Brian Brady is facing charges of third-degree assault and official oppression after he allegedly hit a handcuffed juvenile suspect in the head during the course of an arrest in December.
Court documents state that, according to official reports, Brady assaulted the 16-year-old suspect "by hitting him in the head while he was handcuffed in the rear seat of a police vehicle."
Brady later said he was using "applied pain to control his jaw," according to court documents.
Charging documents state Brady caused the teen "bodily injury," but no information has been released regarding the nature or extent of the injuries.
The incident corresponds to the same date several gas stations were robbed by a minor in the Dillon-Silverthorne area, but due to the minor status of that suspect, the district attorney would not confirm he is the same person.
The Dillon Police Department has declined to comment on the incident and would not release records of any internal investigation of Brady, stating disclosure of the records would be "contrary to the public interest" and is not required by law. Dillon town manager Devin Granbery did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Court documents also describe a separate incident in February of 2009, when Brady allegedly assaulted another minor who was handcuffed in the back seat of a police car. Official reports stated Brady hit the boy in the head, but later claimed he was using "pressure point tactics around (the minor's) jawbone," according to court documents.
There were no charges filed in connection with the first incident, according to District Attorney Mark Hurlbert.
The DA's office filed a motion to present the alleged assault in 2009 as evidence in the current case, but withdrew the motion because the minor did not want to testify.
The Summit Daily News is withholding the names of the boys involved in both incidents because they are minors.
If convicted, Brady could be sentenced to up to 18 months in jail on the assault charge, a class one misdemeanor, and up to 12 months in jail on the official oppression charge, a class two misdemeanor.
A trial is set for Aug. 18 and 19.