Lexington Police Officer Charged With Harassment; Complaint From Youth Soccer Incident

Lexington Police Officer Charged With Harassment; Complaint From Youth Soccer Incident

A Scott County family says a Lexington Police Officer harassed their 13-year-old son after he refereed a soccer game
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A Lexington Police Officer is charged with Harassment.  A Scott County family filed a criminal complaint against Officer Keith Spears, because of what they say happened after a kids soccer game.

The family of a 13-year-old says Spears verbally confronted their boy, shoved him, and grabbed the teen's arm.

The boy's father says this happened after the 13-year-old refereed a kids' soccer game. 

Over the phone, Patrick Dean Rase told us, "All children referees need the support of their community.  The kids get out there, because they love the sport.  This just so happens to be my son, but it could happen to anybody.  All kids need to be supported," said Rase.

The head of the Kentucky Referee Committee says the boy told Spears to be quiet during the game, and threatened to kick Spears out if he continued to heckle him. 

After the game, Oliver Barber says Spears grabbed the boy, spun him around, and said "Punk, now send me off!"

"It's exacerbated by the fact that he's a police officer.  Of course adults shouldn't do that!  It's a youth recreation game.  This is not the World Cup," said Oliver Barber.

Barber says he hopes the criminal complaint gets the attention of parents statewide. 

Lexington Police released a statement saying they're aware of the investigation involving Officer Spears.  

A spokesperson says Spears works an administrative desk job, and he is currently maintaining his position. 

Spears is due in court for an arraignment in about two weeks.
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