A California man, who claimed he was assaulted by Oregon sheriff’s deputies while being questioned on suspicion of sexual abuse, wound up with nothing more than a jail sentence and two black eyes that surveillance video proved he gave to himself.
The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon, reports detectives questioned Aleksander Robin Tomaszewski at the Lane County Jail on Jan. 9. Upon completion of the interview detectives moved him to a small holding room. When authorities went to retrieve him, they found him with bruises on his face and two black eyes.
Tomaszewski said he sustained the injuries during his interview with the detectives and he wanted to file charges for police brutality.
But surveillance video of Tomaszewski in the holding room showed him punching himself in the face multiple times.
Sgt. Carrie Carver, a spokeswoman for the Lane County Sheriff’s Office, told The Oregonian that video from the interview room proved he wasn’t assaulted by detectives and the video from the holding cell proved that his injuries were self-inflicted.
The injuries and the claim of brutality turned out to be an attempt to get out of jail.
“When he learned that the incident was caught on camera, he admitted that he thought making the claim would get him released,” Carver said in a written statement.
Tomaszewski was taken to court where he pleaded guilty to attempted coercion and filing a false report. He was convicted Feb. 10 and sentenced to 20 days in jail for each charge. He was given credit for time served and released from jail the same day.
Tomaszewski is now on probation for three years and will have to pay a $600 fine.
The sexual abuse charge for which he was originally questioned has been dismissed, the sheriff’s office said.
Court documents list Tomaszewski as living in Clear Lake, California, but sheriff’s office records indicate he is a resident of Lucerne, California.