- Associated Press - Thursday, March 6, 2014

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - A police officer in Little Silver has been sentenced to five years in prison after his conviction on official misconduct and assault charges in the beating of a man.

Forty-year-old Steven Solari was sentenced Thursday in Superior Court in Freehold.

Prosecutors say Solari went to check on the man at the request of the man’s mother in 2009 but ended up arresting him following a scuffle. Prosecutors say Solari took the man to police headquarters for booking instead of to a hospital. Prosecutors also said Solari punched the handcuffed man and tried to cover up what happened.

The Asbury Park press reports (https://on.app.com/1ovkDNX ) that Solari has been ordered to give up his $91,000-a-year job with the Little Silver police, where he has been on the force since 1999.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com

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