Expert: Sodomy claims not supported by injuries

BROOKLYN - (AP) - A medical expert says a man claiming he wassodomized by police with a baton did not have severe enoughinjuries to support his account.

Dr. Frank Sconzo testified Tuesday at the trial of three NewYork Police Department officers. Michael Mineo says he was abusedwhile handcuffed in October 2008.

Sconzo did not treat Mineo. He was called as a defense witnessand said it's possible Mineo had some pre-existing medicalcondition. He said an abcess that formed after the incident did notcontain bacteria that would suggest the injuries came from thealleged abuse.

Richard Kern is charged with aggravated sexual abuse andassault. Alex Cruz and Andrew Morales are charged with hinderingprosecution and official misconduct. All deny wrongdoing.

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