A veteran FBI agent who was caught on camera shoving a 15-year-old boy to the ground and threatening the teen with his gun has been found guilty of assault.
Gerald John Rogero, 45, was off-duty last December when he meddled into a Maryland family’s dispute over a child custody drop-off.
The agent, who knew one of the family members involved, was rebuking a man for being late to drop off his child when a teenager confronted him for intruding.
Rogero forcibly pushes the teen in the chest, sending him flying backwards, according to video repeatedly shown to jurors on Tuesday.
The two then grapple before Rogero whips out his service weapon and orders the teen to lie on the ground.
“If I have to shoot you, I will. Don’t make me shoot you,” the beefy agent says. “Get on the ground.”
Rogero, a chief in the FBI counter-terrorism unit, was found guilty of second-degree assault but was acquitted of first-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, WUSA 9 reported.
The 20-year agent is still on active duty while the FBI internally reviews the incident, the agency said. He’s set to be sentenced on Jan. 20.
During the encounter, Rogero repeatedly insists it’s his business to butt in on the family dispute because one of the relatives involved is his friend.
“I’m in my capacity 24 hours a day,” he can be heard saying. “You want to put your hands on me, you want to threaten me, that’s fine. If you step in my personal space, that’s an assault.”
FBI Agent Guilty Of Assault After Shoving Teen To Ground, Threatening Him With Gun: ‘If I Have To Shoot You, I Will’