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Officers charged with coverup of assaults by another officer


A 14-year police veteran and a former reserve officer are facing federal charges in connection with assaults last September on two gambling house patrons at the hands of another officer.

The U.S. attorney Wednesday charged Honolulu police officer Nelson Tamayori and former volunteer reserve officer Joseph Becera with deliberately concealing knowledge of a felony by deliberately omitting the assaults in their official police reports. Becera is also charged with making a false statement to the FBI.

Honolulu police officer Vincent Morre admitted that he committed the assaults when he pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court last month to two counts of using his police powers to deprive the constitutional rights of a person. Morre, 37, a nine-year HPD veteran, faces a maximum 10-year prison term for each count at sentencing in August.

Tamayori and Becera face fines and maximum three-year prison terms for the charge of concealing a felony.

Becera also faces a fine and a maximum five years in prison for making a false statement. He is scheduled to appear in court Monday.

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