SBSO Sheriff

By Joe Nelson, The Sun
Posted: 08/28/14, 1:20 PM PDT | Updated: 55 secs ago

SAN BERNARDINO >> A jury has found a former sheriff’s deputy guilty of two misdemeanor charges for repeatedly kicking a man in the chest and groin as he lay handcuffed on the ground two years ago.

After a seven-day trial for former Deputy Michael Parham, a jury deliberated about five hours in San Bernardino Superior Court before returning Wednesday with guilty verdicts on charges of assault by a police officer and battery.

Parham is scheduled for sentencing on Oct. 1. He faces up to a year in county jail and a 10-year ban on possessing a gun, district attorney’s spokesman Christopher Lee said.

Parham was charged in August 2012 with the crimes after the May 20, 2012, incident at the home of Mario Madrigal in the 4000 block of North F Street in an unincorporated pocket of San Bernardino. A neighbor reported to authorities a heavily inebriated Madrigal standing in his backyard and hurling bricks through their window and onto their roof.

Parham and three other deputies — Shadia Adham, Ryan Cook and John Deen — responded to the residence shortly after 1 a.m. and detained Madrigal, then 46 years old, whom they found hunkered under a tree in his backyard, according to sheriff’s reports.

Madrigal reportedly was combative with the deputies and resisted arrest. When the deputies tried lifting Madrigal to move him to the front of the house he resisted, so Parham began nudging him with his foot and told him to get up. When Madrigal refused, Parham repeatedly kicked Madrigal hard in the ribs, laughing and saying, ‘Oooh, that had to hurt,’ and ‘You’re gonna (expletive) hurt in the morning,’ according to sheriff’s reports.

Parham, according to the reports, also placed his foot atop Madrigal’s head and pushed his face into the rocky dirt and kicked Madrigal hard in the groin as he and the other deputies were moving him to the front of the house.

Other deputies and the neighbor who reported Madrigal to authorities told sheriff’s investigators Madrigal was screaming “Ow!” and “Help me! Help me!” as he was being assaulted by Parham.

One witness angry by what they saw approached Deputy Adham and asked for her name and the names of the other deputies, and Adham reportedly responded by providing the false names — those of other deputies within the department.

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