Former DeKalb police sergeant Anthony Robinson was convicted of ordering officers to beat young burglary suspects. (DeKalb County police photo)

Ex-DeKalb cop convicted of beating teens denied bond on appeal

A former DeKalb County police sergeant who was convicted of ordering the beatings of several teenage suspects will remain in prison while awaiting an appeal of his conviction, a judge ruled Thursday.

Anthony Remone Robinson was found guilty Feb. 26 of two counts of felony violation of oath by a public officer, as well as misdemeanor counts of battery and simple assault. He was sentenced to serve two years in prison and eight years on probation, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.

Former DeKalb officers Blake Norwood and Arthur Parker each pleaded guilty to one count of violation of oath by a public officer and another of making false statements in exchange for their testimony against Robinson, who was their supervisor. Each received identical sentences of 10 years probation and were ordered to perform 200 hours of community service work.

Robinson is appealing the conviction, and asked to be released on bond until the appeal process was complete.

DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James’ office opposed the request, according to a press release.

“Our law enforcement officers are held to a higher standard,” James said. “When they commit crimes, they should not be able to escape punishment.”

DeKalb County Superior Court Judge Clarence Seeliger said he did not believe the former policeman should have bond.

Robinson was being held in the DeKalb County Jail on Thursday, but will be turned over to the Georgia Department of Corrections to serve out his sentence.

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