- Associated Press - Sunday, April 30, 2017

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A former juvenile detention officer who admitted using excessive force in restraining a handcuffed girl has been spared a prison term.

Katria Thorne-Stevenson was sentenced Friday to a year of probation. She also was barred from holding any jobs in law enforcement but will be allowed to seek other public sector positions.

Thorne-Stevenson pleaded guilty last month to simple assault and agreed to resign from her job at the Morris County Juvenile Detention Center, where she had worked for more than 10 years.

Prosecutors say she struck the juvenile in the face with a closed fist and kicked her while trying to restrain the girl in November 2016. That came after the youth was being disruptive and allegedly spat at her.

Prosecutors say the girl sustained a bruise and swelling to her lip.

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