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Everett police officer accused of beating son with belt

An Everett police officer pleaded not guilty today to a charge that he beat his 10-year-old son after he got in trouble at school, Essex County prosecutors said.

Officer Jermaine Bellard, 32, of Saugus was charged with one count of assault and battery on a child causing injuries. He was arraigned in Lynn District Court this morning, according to Carrie Kimball Monahan, spokeswoman for the Essex district attorney’s office.

Bellard's arrest came after a brief investigation into the alleged assault, which prosecutors believe happened Wednesday evening.

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Bellard allegedly hit his son on the buttocks with a belt multiple times because the boy had gotten in trouble at school, Monahan said.

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He was held on $1,000 cash bail and was ordered to stay away from ,and have no contact with, his son or the child’s mother. He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 6, Monahan said.

Bellard’s son is staying with his mother, who is no longer married to his father. The Department of Children and Families has been contacted, Monahan said.

The Everett Police Department could not immediately be reached for comment on whether Bellard has been the subject of any disciplinary action.

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera@globe.com. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp