- Associated Press - Friday, February 12, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - A suburban Cleveland police officer accused of beating up a man has been acquitted of all charges in U.S. District Court.

A jury returned its verdict Thursday in the trial of 49-year-old Robert Toth, a Westlake police detective. Toth was indicted in June after being accused of beating up a suspect, falsifying a police report and lying to FBI agents in 2014. The jury began deliberating Tuesday after six days of testimony.

Toth testified that he punched the suspect once to ward off an attack. Prosecutors say he punched and kicked the man and drove him to a cemetery where he wrapped a seatbelt around his neck and threatened to put him in the ground.

Toth’s attorney says his client did nothing improper. The officer has been on unpaid leave.

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