Stripper's chaperone settles suit against Brookline, Mass., police

May 1, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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BROOKLINE, Mass., May 1 (UPI) -- A stripper's chaperone settled a lawsuit against four off-duty Brookline, Mass., police officers who allegedly assaulted him, attorneys for both sides said.

The officers agreed to pay Robert Sonia an undisclosed amount, lawyers said Tuesday.

The suit stems from an alleged assault in 2010 when the officers hired a stripper for a bachelor party. Arriving as the chaperone of stripper Theresa Soundis, the two learned the party was canceled. As Sonia and Soundis left, Sonia claims he was attacked by officer David Hill, and left with broken ribs and a broken eye socket.

The officers said Sonia struck Hill first.

The Brookline Police Department initially placed the officers on administrative leave and charged two, and Sonia, with assault. All charges were dropped in 2010 at the request of all parties involved, The Boston Globe reported.

Sonia then filed the federal suit against the officers and the Town of Brookline, saying the town failed to train the officers properly and failed to take disciplinary action against them after they used force, the newspaper said.

His claim against the town was dismissed in 2012, court records state.

Sonia's suit against the officers was to go to trial in April, but negotiations led to a settlement, finalized Wednesday, Michael Trumposky, Sonia's lawyer, said.

Each of the officers paid a nominal amount to settle the suit against them, their lawyer said.

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