Former detective sentenced for violating suspect’s rights

John Lytle

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – A former detective with Belen police pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating the rights of a suspect.

In 2011, 41-year-old John Lytle responded to his own home after it had been burglarized and stopped a car he thought belonged to the suspect.

He then pulled the 18-year-old out of the car then kneed and punched him in the face.

Lytle was fired and charged with violating the rights of a suspect.

A judge sentenced him Tuesday to five years probation and ordered him to pay restitution to the victim.

Lytle must also forfeit his certification can no longer work in law enforcement in any capacity. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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