A former Honolulu, Hawaii, police officer was sentenced to four years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to forcing a homeless man to lick a public urinal.
John Rabago, who had already resigned from the police force, was responding to a nuisance complaint in January 2018 when he came across the man, Sam Ingall, in a public bathroom stall.
Rabago, 44, threatened to beat up Ingall and stuff his face into the toilet if he didn’t lick the urinal, according to prosecutors. He then held Ingall down and stepped on his legs until he licked the urinal.
“You took from him his only possession: his dignity as a human being,” U.S. District Judge Leslie Kobayashi said in court.
Rabago pleaded guilty to one count of conspiring to deprive a person of his civil rights and one count of acting under the color of law to deprive the same individual of his civil rights. He was sentenced to 36 months for the first count, and 12 months for the second count, which will be served consecutively.
Megan Kau, Rabago’s attorney, told the Daily News in April 2019 that Ingall hadn’t filed a complaint with the department until he had his parole revoked on a separate charge.
“At that point, he decided to cooperate and was coerced into saying he was forced,” Kau told The News.
The other officer there the day of the incident, Reginald Ramones, has pleaded guilty to conspiring with Rabago after agreeing not to testify against Rabago or report him to authorities.
With News Wire Services