A suspended Indianapolis police officer appeared in courtroom nearly on Thursday morning to listen to an inventory of prices that he grabbed a person’s genitals as some type of “ache compliance with a purpose to elicit cooperative habits.” Through the listening to, the courtroom entered a brief not responsible plea on the officer’s behalf and organized a fastidiously choreographed reserving course of for the officer-turned-defendant.
Then-street officer Travis Lewis, 32, is accused of three counts: (1) official misconduct (a Degree 6 Felony); (2) battery leading to bodily harm (a Class A Misdemeanor); and (3) one other depend of battery leading to bodily harm (one other Class A Misdemeanor). Authorities say physique digital camera video from a number of angles — and statements from his fellow officers — counsel that he grabbed the genitals of a person later recognized as Paul Johnson whereas attempting to place Johnson right into a squad automobile. Lewis and the opposite officers have been taking Johnson into custody with dangerous data: they thought a protecting order was lively towards him; it turned on the market was not and that the data entered right into a courtroom database was incorrect.
In response to courtroom paperwork, Lewis “did knowingly contact Paul Johnson’s genitals, leading to bodily harm, that’s: ache.” Lewis can be accused of getting “knowingly contact Paul Johnson in a impolite, insolent, or indignant method by throwing Paul Johnson to the bottom whereas handcuffed, leading to bodily harm, that’s: a laceration and/or ache.”
As Regulation&Crime beforehand reported, physique digital camera video confirmed Johnson yelling “my balls” a number of instances through the confrontation.
Throughout Thursday’s pretrial listening to, a decide learn the costs and the potential penalties towards Lewis.
The courtroom entered a “preliminary plea of not responsible” on Lewis’s behalf. The decide mentioned that plea would grow to be a proper plea of not responsible in 20 days until the courtroom heard in any other case by way of Lewis’s lawyer.
The defendant verified his date of start and tackle underneath oath and was additional notified of his constitutional rights.
Lewis was ordered to don’t have any contact with Johnson, immediately or not directly.
“For those who see Mr. Johnson strolling down the road, it’s your accountability to go in a special course,” the decide cautioned.
The decide then sought to make sure the defendant was correctly booked, processed, photographed, and fingerprinted by the native constabulary “this afternoon,” an lawyer confirmed.
Indianapolis FOX affiliate WXIN not too long ago reported that that Lewis was initially positioned on administrative responsibility however now stands “suspended with out pay pending a advice for termination” from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Division.
The decide set a June 14 convention for attorneys solely — the subsequent step within the case.
“Gents, you’ve a superb day,” the decide mentioned whereas wrapping the continuing.
Learn the charging paperwork under:
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