Plymouth: Former Police Sergeant pleads not guilty to felony charges

45-year-old Shawn Coughlin was fired from the Plymouth Police Department last week after being indicted by a grand jury.

Coughlin was previously on administrative leave following an incident that occurred last November where he’s accused of beating a Plymouth man while the man was handcuffed and defenseless.

The Plymouth man was taken into custody by Patrolman Jonathan Yule for allegedly driving drunk. Both Yule’s and Coughlin’s reports of the arrest say that the suspect was physically and verbally abusive towards the officers but abuse towards the suspect was not mentioned.

Yule is currently on unpaid administrative leave and has yet to be charged. However Coughlin is being charged with falsifying a record to impede a federal investigation and deprivation of civil rights under color of the law. He pled not guilty during his arraignment Tuesday at the U.S Courthouse in Boston.

The former Plymouth sergeant was ordered by a federal judge to stay in New England and not have any contact with witnesses in the case until his next court appearance on November 27th.

Coughlin’s attorney did not immediately return phone calls by WATD Wednesday.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.