Trial is expected to begin Tuesday for a Pomona police officer charged with attempting to dissuade the family of a teenage boy who was allegedly beaten by other officers from pursuing an internal investigation into the incident.
Sgt. Michael Neaderbaomer is charged in Los Angeles federal court with obstruction of justice for making false statements to the boy’s mother — a dispatcher with the Irwindale Police Department — and lying to the FBI about those statements.
Neaderbaomer allegedly falsely told the mother that he had a video showing her son, Christian Aguilar, trying to hit an officer and insisting that the teen would have to meet alone with police officials if he wanted to make a complaint.
The trouble for Neaderbaomer began on Sept. 24, 2015, when Erain Aguilar walked into the Pomona Police Department to file a citizen’s complaint on behalf of her son. Weeks later, the mother received a call from Neaderbaomer in which the Internal Affairs Department sergeant allegedly tried to talk her out of pursuing an investigation into the violent arrest of her son.
“Instead of encouraging her and her son to come forward to share their side of the story in a safe and neutral environment, defendant did the opposite,” according to the government’s trial memo.
Neaderbaomer allegedly left the woman a series of voicemails in which he falsely told her that any interview with her teenage son would have to be outside the presence of her or their attorney, prosecutors wrote.
Neaderbaomer and two other Pomona officers — Chad Jensen and Prince Hutchinson — were initially charged together in 2017. But a federal judge subsequently severed Neaderbaomer’s case from that of his colleagues.
In January, Jensen and Hutchinson were acquitted at retrial of charges stemming from the violent arrest of the teen. The first trial ended in October with jurors deadlocked 11-1 in favor of guilt on all counts.
Two years ago, the city of Pomona paid Aguilar $500,000 to settle a civil lawsuit over the encounter at the Pomona Fairplex.