Officer due in court to face charges of harassing teenage referee

GEORGETOWN, Ky. A Lexington police officer accused of harassing a teenage referee at a youth soccer game will be arraigned in Georgetown on Thursday morning.

Keith Spears is charged with harassment with physical contact, after a Scott County father filed a complaint against him last month.

That complaint accuses Spears of harassing a 13-year-old boy during a youth soccer game after he became unhappy with the boy's refereeing.

The complaint says that Spears was reprimanded to calm down during the game. After the game, Spears approached the referee, verbally confronted him, then grabbed his arm and twisted it behind his back.

According to the complaint, someone else intervened before the incident escalated.

Lexington Police won't comment on the matter except to say they're aware of it. But according to police documents obtained by WKYT, Officer Keith Spears was suspended without pay for 4 days in 2005 for incompetence. He was accused of not filling out reports for calls that he had responded to, and of spending time at an adult entertainment club while on duty.