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Bexley cop Steven Rea guilty of beating teenage suspect

PUBLISHED: 10:05 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 14:43 17 June 2013

Bexleyheath police station

Bexleyheath police station

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Bexley policeman Steven Rea has been found guilty of assaulting a 14-year-old boy who was in custody.

The 39-year-old was convicted on Friday following a two-day trial at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

Rea, of Daleside Close, Chelsfield, had denied two counts of common assault by beating at Bexleyheath police station after arresting the teenager on October 13 last year.

He was sentenced to a six-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £500.

Det Ch Supt Alaric Bonthron said: “The custody sergeant has responsibility for the welfare of those within the custody suite, especially the young and vulnerable.

“The public has a right to expect that anyone brought into a custody suite will be treated in an appropriate manner,

“Steven Rea let everyone down when he assaulted this boy and it is right that he has been convicted at court.”

Rea, who is ranked as a sergeant, is currently suspended from duty and will face misconduct proceedings.

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