Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Teenage Girl forced by Policeman to Perform Jumping Exercises while Topless

MIAMI - A Florida city has agreed to pay $35,000 to a teenage girl who was forced by a policeman to perform jumping exercises while topless in order to avoid arrest on an indecency charge.

The Pensacola City Council approved the payment on Thursday night to settle a lawsuit the girl filed against the city police department.

Officer Shawn Patrick Shields approached a parked car and found two partially dressed teenagers inside in April 2003, according to a police report. The officer put the 16-year-old girl and 19-year-old man into his police car and threatened to arrest them for lewd and lascivious behavior.

The girl said Shields suggested she instead perform topless exercises as a punishment and shined his flashlight on her while she did five jumping jacks.

Shields resigned under pressure, pleaded no contest to a criminal charge of extortion and was ordered to serve two years on probation, police Lt. Randy Stull said.

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