Off-Duty Chula Vista Officer Pleads Guilty in Teen Chokehold Case

A Chula Vista police officer accused of putting his girlfriend’s son in a chokehold pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a misdemeanor charge.

Roman Granados, 47, admitted to willful injury to a child, a misdemeanor, and fighting in public, an infraction.

He will be sentenced Aug. 12. He faces anywhere from probation time to six months in jail. And if granted probation, Granados must be under supervision for four years and would also have to take part in a parenting/child abuse class.

Last June, Granados was off duty and involved in an altercation with his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son at a Chula Vista Hills Elementary School event.

Family members said Granados hit and slapped the teen as well as performed a police-like chokehold on him during the elementary school graduation.

The teen’s father said the attack was unprovoked; an official motive was never released by officials.

Granados had been placed on administrative leave following the June 5 disturbance. Granados has since returned to work at the Chula Vista Police Department, but "in a duty that doesn't involve the public," said Chula Vista police Lt. Fritz Reber.

It wasn't immediately known whether his employment status and duties would change.

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