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Officer facing charges after shocking family members with stun gun

WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A Worthington Police Department sergeant is facing a gross misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a stun gun and is now on administrative leave.

A complaint filed on April 13 states that Josh McCuen invited members of his extended family to his home on Dec. 25, 2016. Some of the family members allegedly said they'd like to know what it felt like to be shocked.

McCuen went to another room in his home to retrieve his department-issued Taser, the complaint adds. One family member requested to be shocked by McCuen, who allegedly shocked that individual while that person was sitting in a chair. Six more family members were allegedly shocked by McCuen within the next hour, all at their request and each in the back of the thigh while laying on the floor.

McCuen is charged with a crime because none of the people he's accused of tasing were behaving in a manner that warranted a taser's use, according to a city press release.

Worthington Director of Public Safety Troy Appel issued a press release Friday afternoon concerning the matter.

"A Worthington Police Officer was recently investigated for the unauthorized use of a department issued Taser," it states. "Unauthorized use of a Taser by any police officer is strictly prohibited by state statute and department policy. Unauthorized use is subject to legal sanctions and work related discipline."

If convicted, McCuen faces up to a year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine. He is scheduled to be in court June 2.

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