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Everett Police Officer Arrested In Alleged Beating Of 10-Year-Old Son

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Everett police officer Jermaine Bellard was arrested on charges of beating his 10-year-old son with a belt. (WBZ-TV)

LYNN (CBS) – A police officer from Everett faces charges for allegedly beating his 10-year-old because he got in trouble at school.

Jermaine Bellard, 32, of Saugus, was arraigned Friday in Lynn District Court on one count of assault and battery on a child with injury, according to the Essex District Attorney’s office.

Saugus police say Melrose-Wakefield hospital officials called them, saying the 10-year-old child was in the emergency room with injuries to his back and buttocks.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports

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According to prosecutors, the boy and his mother said Bellard told the boy to lie on his bed and beat him with a belt 14 times because a school principal said he’d been acting out in class.

Prosecutors said the boy told them his father has beaten him before.

A lawyer for the 260-pound Bellard described him as a “very very good police officer,” adding that “he’s been a very good father over the years.”

The judge set bail for Bellard at $1,000 and ordered him to stay away from the child.

He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 6 for a pre-trial conference.

Bellard joined the Everett police force in April, 2012.

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