A Fulton police officer has been arrested and charged with three misdemeanors, police said.
Fulton Police Sergeant Joseph R. Arigo, was charged with the following:
Assault 3rd Degree – class A misdemeanor
Falsifying Business Records – class A misdemeanor
Making a Punishable False Written Statement – class A misdemeanor
Police officials said on July 1, the city of Fulton Police Department began conducting an investigation after receiving a complaint from a victim alleging he was assaulted by a Fulton police officer.
Based on information received during the course of this investigation, police charged Arigo with hitting a person one or more times about the head and face on June 28. Police said the victim suffered bruising and swelling and a one-inch cut above his right eye which required seven stitches.
At the time of alleged assault, the victim was in police custody at the Fulton Police Department, 141 S. First St., Fulton, police said.
It is also alleged Arigo, between June 28 and June 29, while at the police station, made a false entry in the narrative of an incident report, which is an official business record of the Fulton Police Department. Arigo signed the incident report knowing the content therein to be false, police officials said.
Arigo was arraigned in Fulton City Court by Judge David Hawthorne and released on his own recognizance. Arigo is currently suspended from active duty. Arigo is an 18-year veteran of the Fulton Police Department.