Scott County

Lexington officer cited for harassment of 13-year-old soccer referee

GEORGETOWN — A Lexington police officer has been cited for harassment with physical contact after confronting a 13-year-old referee following an Oct. 16 youth soccer game, according to a complaint filed in Scott District Court.

Keith Spears, 37, of Stamping Ground was served a summons on Wednesday, court records show. He is scheduled to appear in Scott District Court on Nov. 7.

In a complaint, Patrick Dean Rase says Spears harassed Rase's 13-year-old son by verbally confronting him. The teen served as a referee, sanctioned by the U.S. Soccer Federation Referee Program, in a game sponsored by the Scott County Parks and Recreation Board. Spears was a parent of one of the players in the game officiated by the teen, the complaint says.

Spears "had been cautioned about his unsportsmanlike sideline behavior" by the teen during the game, the complaint says.

Immediately after the game, Spears approached the teen, "verbally confronted him, shoved him and grabbed his wrist," the complaint says.

Another person intervened before the incident escalated, the complaint says. This happened with "numerous adults and children present."

Capt. Jearl Porter, chief deputy of the Scott County Sheriff's Department, said last week that there were no visible injuries from the confrontation.

Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said Thursday that the matter "is under review" at the bureau level, but additional information could not be released because it is a personnel matter.

Spears has been a Lexington officer since January 2001. He works in the department's Bureau of Administration.

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