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

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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