A Transit Police officer was sentenced to just probation last month after admitting he beat a homeless man at Ashmont station - and then arrested the man on a bogus charge of assault and battery on a police officer, court records show.
Dorston Bartlett had been indicted in 2019 on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, witness intimidation, violating the civil rights of the victim and filing a false police report for repeatedly striking the 32-year-old man with his baton at Ashmont on July 27, 2018 and then arresting him on the fake charge. Two TPD sergeants were charged as accessories for helping Bartlet falsely charge the man.
Bartlett, who retired after Transit Police began investigating the incident, had been scheduled to go on trial on July 25 of this year. On July 20, however, he struck a plea deal with the Suffolk County District Attorney's office to plead guilty to a reduced charge of assault and battery, rather than assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, civil-rights violation and filing a false police report.
Judge Elaine Buckley accepted the deal - in which the charge of witness intimidation was dropped completely - and sentenced Bartlett to two years of probation.