Former transit officer, 2 sergeants arraigned in beating of homeless man

BOSTON (WHDH) - A former transit police officer accused beating a homeless man at an MBTA station over the summer and two sergeants who allegedly helped him cover up the crime were arraigned in Suffolk Superior Court on Tuesday.

Dorston Bartlett, 65, of Lynn, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and violating a person’s civil rights for allegedly using his baton to beat a 32-year-old homeless man at Ashmont Station on July 27, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.

Bartlett has also been charged with misleading investigators for allegedly lying to two Boston police officers who responded to the scene.

Transit police Sgt. David Finnerty, 43, of Rutland, and Sgt. Kenny Orcel, 55, of Chelmsford, were arraigned on charges including making a false report as a public officer or employee, and being accessories after the fact to assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

The charges that Finnerty and Orcel face stem from the alleged collusion among all three to create a false incident report on Bartlett’s encounter with the victim in the hours following the assault, according to investigators.

At the time of the incident, Finnerty was the shift officer in charge and Orcel was the shift patrol supervisor. Both were placed on leave.

Barlett has since retired.

All three were released on public recognizance and are due back in court April 10.

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