Part-time officer accused of hitting boy with baton sentenced

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BELLEVUE, Pa. —

A part-time police officer accused of attacking a teenage boy with a baton last year after a school dance was sentenced to seven years probation on Thursday.

According to police, a group of kids started arguing during a dance at Northgate High School in December.

Investigators said the argument escalated once the teens were off campus and Julius Zoller showed up when his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter called and said they were being harassed.

According to the police report, Zoller hit a 14-year-old boy in the mouth with a baton, leaving the teen with a chipped tooth and a gash to his mouth.

“It just amazes me how he’s a police officer. You can’t get out and hit a 14-year-old goofy kid,” the teen’s grandfather, Gary Adams, said after Tuesday’s sentencing.

Adams and the rest of the victim’s family said they’re satisfied with the sentence, but the teen is still dealing with emotional scars.

“You’re 55 and he’s 14. Who does that?” Adams said. “It’s not about the stitches my grandson got in his mouth. It’s about the effects he’s going to carry with him for a long time. What’s that going to make him think of other police officers?”

Zoller was fired from his job as a part-time officer with the Edgeworth Police Department.

Zoller and his attorney have not commented.

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