Federal authorities on Monday unsealed an indictment charging Pennsylvania State Trooper Kelly Cruz, 43, with one count of civil rights deprivation after he allegedly kicked a handcuffed suspect in the head four years ago during a raid in Exton.
Officials allege Cruz was working as a trooper Aug. 9, 2009, when he kicked the man – identified only as Z.B. in court documents – in the back of the head as he was lying face down on the floor in handcuffs.
As a result of the blow Z.B. required surgery to repair his teeth and gums, the indictment states.
The alleged assault occurred as Cruz was carrying out a raid on a suspected methamphetamine lab inside Z.B.'s home, according to a report from The Delaware County Times.
The paper reports the man was never charged with any crime as a result of the bust.
If convicted, Cruz faces up to 10 years in prison.