- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 1, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - A suburban Cleveland police officer had been indicted in federal court for allegedly assaulting a suspect who’d been arrested and then trying to cover it up.

Authorities say 48-eight-year-old Westlake detective Robert Toth was indicted Tuesday on charges of using unreasonable force, and two counts of obstruction for filing a false report about the incident and for lying to a federal agent.

The Westlake department issued a statement Tuesday that said Toth has been placed on unpaid leave. Westlake is 17 miles west of Cleveland.

A statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says the incident occurred on April 24, 2014. No details were provided.

Toth pleaded not guilty at a hearing Tuesday. His attorney says Toth is a good police officer, and that he looks forward to trial.

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