Prince George’s officer convicted of assaulting PGCPS student

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State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County Angela Alsobrooks discusses the conviction of a police officer for punching a Suitland High student. Officer Charles Pickard will be sentenced in July. (WTOP/Kathy Stewart)

Upper Marlboro — A Prince George’s County police officer was found guilty Monday of assaulting a high school student in 2013.

Officer Charles Pickard was found guilty of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct after his bench trial wrapped up.

He could face up to 15 years in prison. A sentencing hearing is set for July 2.

State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks says that Pickard punched the student, who is now a high school senior. She called the case “disturbing.”  stating that, “We are pleased that Officer Pickard was found guilty in this case as it was quite disturbing, not only that he struck another individual without cause, but that he struck a child in a school building,”  “We often tell children that they must follow the rules and abide by the laws of our county and nation, and it must be clear that police officers are not exempt from those rules.” She added.

In Nov. 2013, Officer Pickard was working as a School Resource Officer at Suitland High School when he allegedly assaulted a student and then placed the student under arrest.

Pickard has been suspended since November 2013 after an internal use of force review uncovered the attack. He has been with the police department for six years, according to the Prince George’s County Police Department.

In a statement, Police Chief Mark Magaw says that school resource officers are expected to serve as an example to students and that any abuse of authority won’t be tolerated.

WTOP’s Kathy Stewart contributed to this report from Upper Marlboro. 

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