Crime & Justice

Pomona police charged with beating teen, trying to cover it up

Three Pomona police officers have been charged with beating a teenager at the L.A. County Fair two years ago — and then trying to cover it up.

Chad Jensen, Prince Hutchinson and Sgt. Michael Neaderbaomer pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges ranging from deprivation of rights to obstructing justice and falsifying records.

Federal prosecutors say two of the officers punched 16-year-old Christian Aguilar in the face and hit him with a baton while he was videotaping police who were escorting his allegedly drunk father and cousin off the fairgrounds.

A bystander caught the incident on video. In the footage, Aguilar is seen with his hands down at his sides although police said he tried to punch an officer.

The Aguilar family filed a civil rights complaint.

Federal prosecutors say that after the officers falsely claimed Aguilar tried to punch one of them, Neaderbaomer, who worked in the department's Internal Affairs division, lied to and tried to intimidate the family.

Aguilar and his father were arrested but charges were dropped.

The city paid Aguilar $500,000 to settle a civil suit.

The three officers are on leave. The Pomona Police Department says it's cooperating with federal authorities.