A former Bay City police officer has been found guilty of a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident over a year ago. A jury delivered its verdict Friday in Bay County District Court against 34- year-old Keith Bartynski. The charge is punishable by up to 93 days in jail and a $500 fine. Bartynki will be sentenced on September 18th.
Bartynski and two other Bay City officers, one off duty, became involved in a scuffle with a patron at Steamer's Pub on North Linn Street in May of last year.
That came in response to the patron posting a picture on Facebook of an improperly parked police patrol vehicle. The patron said his cell phone taken which was not returned but he was later reimbursed for it by the city.
Bartynski and the two other officers resigned in June, 2013, after an internal investigation sustained 13 misconduct allegations against them. They were threatened with being fired if they had not resigned.