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POLICE OFFICER ACCUSED OF LITTLE LEAGUE BRIBE

A small-town police officer is accused of paying a 10-year-old Little League pitcher $2 to hit an opposing batter with a fastball.

Prosecutors aren't saying why Officer Shawn Phillips would want the batter out of commission. Phillips is not related to anyone on either team, according to league managers.

Still, they say, Phillips was on duty May 21 when he walked into East Penn (Pa.) Elementary School, took the pitcher outside and asked him to "accidentally" hit the player. The officer allegedly gave the boy $2 behind the school bike racks.

The kid pitcher for the Service Construction team did the job -- nailing the opposing team's cleanup batter below the belt, dropping him to his knees and leaving a giant welt on his skin. The player had to leave the game.

Phillips was charged with solicitation to commit simple assault, corruption of minors and official oppression. He could face six months in jail if convicted.

The pitcher, whose confession to his parents initiated the investigation, will not be charged, prosecutors said. He was not identified because of his age.

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