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Former Chelsea Officer Admits To Beating A Handcuffed Detainee

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A former Chelsea police officer has admitted to beating a handcuffed detainee and filing a false report about the attack.

Felix Rivera Jr., of Lynn, pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor counts of assault and battery and filing a false report as a public employee. He was sentenced to two years of probation.

Prosecutors said 34-year-old Rivera hit the man several times and knocked him to the ground on Sept. 26, 2014, after detaining him for allegedly disrupting an investigation into a shooting in Chelsea. The victim suffered a damaged jaw and other injuries.

Prosecutors say Rivera wrote in a police report that the victim was brought to the ground after he pushed another officer.

Rivera resigned from the police department in September.

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