Veteran Maui Officer Charged in Alleged Abuse

November 20, 2013, 5:49 PM HST · Updated November 21, 4:11 PM
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Nelson Johnson. Photo courtesy MPD.

Nelson Johnson. Photo courtesy MPD.

By Maui Now Staff

An 18-year veteran police officer on Maui was arrested and released after being charged with abuse of a family or household member, for an incident involving the injury of his 13-year-old daughter, police said.

Nelson Johnson, 46, was placed under arrest at 11:40 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and has since posted $1,000 bail, according to police reports.

The charge stems from an incident reported at 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in which the child’s mother reported that the girl was allegedly slapped by her father following a verbal argument, which caused the victim to fall backward and hit her head on a wall-mounted air conditioning unit, according to police reports.

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The child was transported to the Maui Memorial Medical Center for treatment, where Maui police say it was learned that she had sustained a concussion.  The girl was later released and was last reported in good condition, according to police reports.

Johnson was also placed under arrest for second-degree assault; however, police say he was released pending further investigation of that particular charge.

Johnson is on administrative leave pending further investigation, police said.

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