Ansonia man enters guilty plea for making false report to the FBI

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — An Ansonia man pleaded guilty today in Hartford Federal Court to one count of making a false report of police brutality to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Edward Minerly, 52 years-old, was arrested on May 18, 2013 by officers with the Derby Police Department on an outstanding probation violation warrant. On May 31, 2013, Minerly called the New Haven Federal Bureau of Investigation and spoke with an FBI special agent.  In the call, Minerly alleged that Derby Police officers had recently arrested him for a probation violation and, upon placing him in a holding cell, commenced taunting him, subjecting him to flashing lights and tipping him backwards out of his wheelchair.  Minerly also alleged that Derby Police officers kicked him in the head, arms and upper body.

On June 6, 2013, an FBI special agent interviewed Minerly in person at a Bridgeport hospital where Minerly had been admitted.  Minerly again made the same allegations.

In pleading guilty today, Minerly admitted that the statements he made to the FBI alleging physical abuse by members of the Derby Police Department after his probation violation arrest were false.

Minerly is scheduled to be sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge Alfred V. Covello on February 10, 2015, at which time he faces a maximum term of imprisonment of five years and a fine of up to $250,000.

This matter is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry K. Kopel and First Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Gustafson.

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