A Bellmore man who is an officer of the New York City Police Department was arrested Saturday after he allegedly punched his 3-year-old son in the face, according to officials.
Nassau County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Chris Munzing said that Jason Sharp, 37, faces three counts of misdemeanor charges after his March 2 arrest: third-degree assault, fourth-degree criminal mischief and endangering the welfare of a child. The charges stem from an incident at Sharp’s Bellmore home Saturday afternoon that involved an argument with his wife.
Statements made by Nassau County police officials in court documents indicate that Sharp punched his son in the face at 4:30 p.m., “causing swelling and bruising to the victim’s right eye, cheek and the bridge of his nose.” The boy’s injuries required treatment at a local hospital, officials said.
“My daddy punched me in the face,” the boy told law enforcement officials, according to court documents.
Sharp also intentionally punched a hole in the second floor hallway of his house while in an argument with his wife. Police said that Sharp was under the influence of alcohol when the incident occurred.
“I had an argument with my wife and punched the wall,” Sharp told authorities, according to the criminal complaint. “I had a few drinks today.”
The New York City Police Department confirmed that Sharp is an officer on a Brooklyn gang unit. The public information office did not provide any additional information.
Sharp was arraigned in Hempstead on March 3, Munzing said. He has since been conditionally released to probation and is due back in court on March 18.
James Moschella, a New York City-based attorney who on his website says that he has dedicated his career to representing New York City Police Department members, could not be reached for comment at press time on Tuesday.