- Associated Press - Friday, January 22, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A former Las Vegas police officer has pleaded not guilty to federal excessive-force and obstruction charges alleging he beat a woman and lied about it despite having recorded the arrest on the body camera he was wearing.

Richard Thomas Scavone’s defense attorney, Joshua Tomsheck, didn’t immediately respond to messages Friday about the plea Scavone entered Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas.

A federal magistrate judge scheduled trial March 22 and allowed Scavone to remain free with some restrictions.

If convicted, Scavone could face up to 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines.

He was put on paid leave after the woman reported she was beaten while being arrested in January 2015 on littering and loitering for the purpose of prostitution charges.

He was fired Sept. 10.

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