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Jury finds former Pine Lawn officer not guilty of slapping woman’s buttocks

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PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOV.com) - A former Pine Lawn police officer was found not guilty after being accused of slapping a woman’s buttocks at a gas station in November 2015.

Nicholas Stone, 36, of Arnold, was charged with third-degree assault.  Authorities allege he was on-duty at a Phillips 66 gas station on Natural Bridge Road when he went behind the counter and slapped the clerk’s buttocks

Police believe surveillance cameras caught the incident on camera.

Former Pine Lawn Police Chief Maurice Brown said he fired Stone immediately after finding out the next day.

“We’re here to protect people. And that wasn’t protecting her. That was being a criminal himself, as far as putting his hands on someone else,” Brown said.

Brown said he personally spoke to the victim, who was distraught after the incident.

“She was very upset,” Brown said. “She shed a few tears when we talked. I just tried to reassure her that it wouldn’t happen again with any other officer that was under my command.”

On Feb. 7, 2018, after a two-day trial, a jury found Stone not guilty of third-guilty assault in the case.

Stone fatally shot an unarmed man in 2014 but was cleared by investigators. Authorities said the suspect shot by Stone ran after a high-speed chase and got into a physical struggle with Stone. During the struggle, the suspect made verbal threats and reached for his waistband. Stone believed he was reaching for a gun, prosecutors concluded.

The Pine Lawn Police Department was disbanded in March. The city is now patrolled by officers with the North County Police Cooperative.

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