John Flinn, 27, a Gloucester Township Police officer since 2015, has been charged with Simple Assault on a 13-year-old female.

Flinn, along with other officers, was dispatched to investigate a disturbance on March 8, 2018.  When they arrived, they encountered the juvenile victim, a 13-year-old female.

The juvenile complied with police instructions and allowed Flinn to handcuff her when he struck her twice on the side of her face causing her to cry out in pain.  The incident was captured on the responding officers’ body worn cameras.  The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for evaluation.  No criminal charges were filed against the juvenile.

Gloucester Township Police Chief Harry Earle suspended Flinn and notified the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office of his alleged misconduct.

Any person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Released Friday, April 6, 2018