Ex-Colorado cop arrested on assault charges after using Taser on 70-year-old man in New York Harbor

By Ashley Strickland, CNN

A former Colorado police officer used a Taser on a mentally ill man 70 years old on an inflatable raft in New York Harbor, officials said.

Robert Redington, 55, pleaded guilty to the assault Wednesday and faces up to a year in jail, according to the federal indictment.

Prosecutors said Redington used a Taser on John Doe on March 30 while the two were riding a raft in Jones Inlet and New York Harbor. He also used a Taser on him when he got off the raft, prosecutors said.

Reddington and the other man may have intended to drive the raft into the water, the indictment said.

CNN has tried to reach Redington for comment.

Reddington is accused of assault by a federal officer and participating in a scheme to commit a crime of violence. He is also accused of being a felon in possession of a firearm and attempting to destroy evidence.

Reddington could face up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said. He is scheduled to be sentenced on December 17.

One of the reasons Redington was a police officer in Colorado is that he reportedly was beaten up by other officers during his active duty.

Redington was hired as a guard at the Rocky Mountain Technical University on March 26, 2007, and resigned on June 1, 2015, university President Will Denning told CNN.

He began his time on campus as a security guard, Denning said.

“Robert was an exemplary security guard with outstanding conduct and skills,” Denning said. “He was always known to be courteous, professional and a very easy going and well-liked member of our security staff.”

Authorities are still investigating the incident that prompted Redington’s resignation.

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