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Ex-Allentown police officer pleads guilty to assault, official oppression

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A former Allentown police officer has pleaded guilty to several charges that stemmed from three incidents that took place over two years. 

Ryan Alles, of Haycock Township, Bucks County, pleaded guilty Friday to three counts of simple assault and one count of official oppression. 

Three people testified that Alles used excessive force against them

Daniel Hargrove, 32, testified Alles, 28, attacked him on December 29, 2013, outside Platinum Plus Adult Club on Airport Road.

Hargrove claimed he was inside the club that night when a bouncer asked his friend to leave. The Muhlenberg College student said they asked for a refund, but it wasn't granted.

Hargrove said he later saw his friend arguing with an Allentown police officer and tried to pull him away. He claimed Alles then approached, pushed him, pulled out a Taser, and slammed him onto the pavement. He said the Taser was deployed three times, twice after he was already restrained on the ground.

Hargrove said he suffered a broken tooth and other injuries. He said Alles is responsible.

That night, Hargrove was charged with public drunkenness and resisting arrest. The charges were later dropped.

Robert Fontanez also said he was assaulted by Alles. Investigators said he was attacked by Alles on June 12, 2014. That night, police were looking for an armed robbery suspect near North Nagle and Green streets. 

Fontanez, 35, testified he was walking home from a house party that night and was intoxicated. He said Alles screamed to him, "What'd you do?" from his marked police cruiser, and then chased him on foot.

Police said Fontanez was not involved in the armed robbery, but Fontanez testified he was in the possession of cocaine. 

Fontanez said Alles twice used a Taser on him and kicked him 10 to 15 times.

Fontanez said he lost consciousness in the attack, and he claims he now suffers from short-term memory loss and anxiety.

Charges filed against Fontanez that night were later dropped.

The third alleged victim, Raul Roman, testified he was hiding from police on December 18, 2014, in connection with the pursuit of a stolen vehicle.

He claimed an officer, who he could not recall, pointed a flashlight in his direction near the Nuewiler Brewery and ordered him to come forward.

Roman said he obeyed the command and was arrested. He said an officer then punched and kicked him.

He was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he was treated and then transported to police headquarters.

Allentown police Ofc. Kyle French testified he wasn't sure who handcuffed Roman that night, but he identified Alles as the officer who he said kicked Roman twice in the head.  

Alles was let go from the force in March 2015. He remains free on bail.

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