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Ex-Officer Sentenced in Torture Case

September 22, 2002

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NEW YORK (AP) _ A former police officer was sentenced to five years in prison Saturday night in a last-minute deal that avoided a fourth trial on charges he lied about the torture of a Haitian immigrant in a precinct bathroom.

U.S. District Judge Reena Raggi sentenced Charles Schwarz to five years in prison for perjury. In exchange, prosecutors dropped outstanding civil rights charges and a second perjury count.

Schwarz, 36, was scheduled to stand trial for a fourth time beginning Monday for his part in the attack on Abner Louima inside the bathroom of a Brooklyn police precinct.

Prosecutors had alleged that Schwarz held Louima down while fellow police Officer Justin Volpe sodomized the man with a broken broomstick. Schwarz denied ever being inside the bathroom at the 70th Precinct.

Volpe pleaded guilty, and is serving a 30-year sentence.

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