Ex-Avalon police officer to serve jail time in January for abusing prisoner

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A former Avalon police officer will report to jail in January after his conviction earlier this week on an assault charge related to mistreatment of a prisoner last year, the Allegheny County district attorney's office announced today.

Walter Johnson, 38, of Oakdale, also was convicted Monday of official oppression following a two-day non-jury trial before county Common Pleas President Judge Donna Jo McDaniel.

Mr. Johnson was accused of throwing a handcuffed man into a holding cell at the borough police station on April 20, 2012, injuring him. The original charge of aggravated assault was reduced to simple assault following the preliminary hearing.

The man was treated for dislocated jaw fractures, cuts and loose teeth, one of which was lodged in his airway, county detectives wrote in a criminal complaint.

Mr. Johnson was ordered to serve two weeks in the Allegheny County Jail, starting in January, and two years' probation, which began immediately.

The assault was captured on video and was investigated by county and Avalon police.

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