by Mindy Aguon
Guam - A police officer accused of assaulting the "wrong guy" appeared in the Superior Court today for a modification of his release conditions. Steven Topasna pleaded not guilty to charges of assault as a 3rd degree felony, assault as a misdemeanor, and official misconduct as a misdemeanor.
The charges stem from the alleged beating of Rey Gagarin, who told KUAM News that an off-duty officer came to his home and began assaulting him, thinking Gagarin was responsible for damaging his vehicle. Police later told the Dededo man that had nabbed the wrong individual.
Topasna's attorney appeared court today, asking this his client be allowed to carry a gun while on-duty at the Guam Police Department. Superior Court Judge Vern Perez granted the request and scheduled trial for August 2.