South Florida Cop Arrested for Breaking Jaw of Teen
Opa-locka police officer Lowrie Cornell Simon, 37, assaulted the boy, punching him in his chest and mouth at Pembroke Park Church of Christ when the boy denied the accusations.
Simon struck 17-year-old Kristian Stanley with so much force, it broke his jaw and knocked several of his teeth loose, which required surgery.
Doctors had to wire Stanley’s teeth back into place.
“My mouth has been bleeding and giving me pain every night,” Stanley said in an interview with NBC Miami.
“It’s hard for me to eat. It pushed up my teeth, all four of my teeth, back into my mouth.”
Stanley says when Simon, a road patrol officer hired in October 2014, approached him he tried to explain what happened.
“What I was telling him was, his daughter tried to kiss me. I pushed her away. She felt some type of way about it. She went to the next person.”
“He was like, ‘you’re lying!'”
Stanley first denied the accusations to Simon’s wife after she pulled him aside last week and accused him of having sex with their daughter at the church sleepover.
“You’re supposed to talk it out instead of trying to duke it out,” Stanley said.
“I thought that he would at least think of his job and say ‘OK, maybe I shouldn’t hit this kid.'”
After the attack, Stanley was taken to Joe Dimaggio Children’s Hospital, where it was determined he sustained a fractured mandible.
Simon was arrested Sunday night, but freed on a $5,000 bond.
Opa-locka Police Chief James Dobson placed officer Simon on paid leave.
“He is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal and internal affairs investigations,” Dobson said Tuesday.
Simon was required to surrender his weapons and law enforcement identification to supervisors.