Middletown police officer pleads guilty to beating 14-year-old boy at communion party

The incident happened May 6 at the Olde Erie Restaurant in Middletown during a communion party, where prosecutors say Slanovic had been drinking while off-duty.

Blaise Gomez

Jul 14, 2023, 10:55 PM

Updated 274 days ago

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Middletown Police Officer Fred Slanovic has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in a drunken assault on a 14-year-old boy, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office.
The incident happened May 6 at the Olde Erie Restaurant in Middletown during a communion party, where prosecutors say Slanovic had been drinking while off-duty.
Officials say Slanovic told the child at the party that he “put his father in jail” and that the teen would be next, despite there being no reason for the child’s incarceration. They say the off-duty officer then slapped the boy, who was there with his mother, with an open hand and pushed the child’s head into a brick wall.
Slanovic is currently suspended without pay.
As part of the terms of his plea, the officer will have to undergo one year of alcohol abuse treatment, refrain from consuming alcohol, and an order of protection was issued for the child.
“There is little doubt but that this detective’s senseless actions in striking the minor were related to alcohol abuse,” said District Attorney David Hoovler. “His actions cannot be excused merely because he committed these acts while off-duty and after drinking.
The young victim in this case knew that the defendant was a police officer and the defendant’s actions will likely cause him, and others, to not trust and appreciate those police officers who risk their lives everyday keeping us safe. I sincerely hope that this defendant, and all who suffer from alcohol or other substance abuse issues, seek the help that they need to overcome their issues before they seriously harm others and themselves.”
Prosecutors say the teen suffered minor injuries in the attack.


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