- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - A Shreveport police officer accused of beating a man during an off-duty fight has been found guilty of simple battery.

State District Judge Brady O’Callaghan, after a three-day bench trial, found Cpl. Eric Swartout guilty of the misdemeanor offense Tuesday. Caddo Parish Assistant District Attorney Dale Cox tells The Times (http://bit.ly/1Of3zdZ ) the 42-year-old initially faced a felony second-degree battery charge.

The officer faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. He will be sentenced April 15.

Swartout was accused of beating 26-year-old Harrison Trent Daugherty during a fight at the Brass Monkey bar in Shreveport on Sept. 20.

Police spokesman, Cpl. Marcus Hines, says Swartout remains on leave since his arrest last year.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.shreveporttimes.com

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