Newly released video shows Nelsonville Officer Randy Secoy inside a processing room with a 15-year-old boy. The teen was arrested last Wednesday for allegedly fighting with another juvenile in a restaurant.
The boy is seen in the video talking on a cell phone, until the man identified as Secoy, walks in and takes it.
There’s no audio on what is being said, but Secoy grabs the boy by the face and forces him against a wall. Leaning over the boy, Secoy grips and shakes his face for 13 seconds.
Secoy now faces assault charges for his actions.
Nelsonville Police Chief Jason Wallace called it a career-ending moment.
“I find it personally and professionally disturbing,” said Wallace. “The physical response by that officer was completely unacceptable.”
Secoy has had a long career in law enforcement, but it is not his first on-the-job eruption.
Documents in his personnel file obtained by 10TV include write-ups and reprimands from his tenure as a deputy with the Athens County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2005, a former sheriff worried about Secoy’s “inability to control his anger.” He cited an incident where he maced a handcuffed female.
In 2011, Secoy was suspended for threatening to “light up” an out of control 10-year-old with a Taser. Witnesses reported him telling the special needs student to “Shut the (expletive) up! You’re not running the show anymore!”
10TV wanted to know how Secoy was hired at a second law enforcement job with his record.
Secoy's former employer, Athens County Sheriff Pat Kelly, said union contracts often tie his hands when it comes to discipline.
Nelsonville's Chief of Police said he didn't have all the facts at the time of Secoy’s hiring.
“I was aware of a couple of the issues, but was never made aware, nor did I have any knowledge of anything to do with aggressiveness or any misuse of force,” said Wallace.
He said if he knew then what he knows now, he likely would not have hired Secoy.
Wallace said he would tell the public that he will do his best to make sure that it never happens again.