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Father files complaint against police officer accused of harassment

GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - A Scott County father has filed a complaint against a Lexington police officer, accusing him of harassing his 13-year-old son during a youth soccer game.

The boy's father, Patrick Dean Rase, says in the complaint that Keith Spears, a Lexington police officer and a parent of one of the players, was unhappy with the boy's refereeing, approached him after the game, verbally confronted him, then shoved him and grabbed his wrist. Oliver Barber, the attorney on this case, said the boy had warned Spears of unsportsmanlike behavior during the game. He says Spears twisted the boy's arm behind his back and said "Are you going to throw me out now, punk?"

According to the complaint, someone else intervened before the incident escalated. Barber hopes the attention this incident has gotten will make an impact.

"I think you make it difficult for ther persons who have been involved in this activity to do it again. I think you make them understand that this is not something that they can get away with," Barber said.

Barber said the boy is still refereeing. The Scott County Sheriff's Office is handling the investigation. Lexington Police won't comment on the matter except to say they're aware of it.

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