Former SBPD officer sentenced for hitting handcuffed inmate


SOUTH BEND – A former South Bend police officer will spend a year on probation after hitting a handcuffed inmate at the jail.

A judge sentenced Theo Robert to one year supervised probation, eight months of which he’ll spend in the location monitoring program on home detention.

Robert will also do 50 hours of community service.

Almost six years ago, Robert was caught on camera hitting an inmate at the St. Joseph County Jail.

The surveillance video shows him exchanging words with a handcuffed inmate. He then charges and attacks the man with force that he later admitted was “not reasonable.”

Earlier this year the judge accepted Robert’s plea deal, in which he admitted to pressing his arm against the inmate’s head and throat, later punching him in the face.

Robert’s location monitoring starts within 10 days.

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