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Trial Begins for Vegas-Area School Officer in Cover-Up Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal trial has begun in Las Vegas for a suspended Clark County School District police officer accused of attacking a student and a staff member at an alternative high school campus, and of trying to cover it up.

Trial for 45-year-old James Lescinsky is expected to take several days.

The officer could face decades in prison if he’s convicted.

His lawyer, Jack Campbell, says prosecutors misunderstand a May 2015 lunchroom fight at a North Las Vegas high school for students assessed with behavior problems.

Lescinsky is accused of lying when he said the student was combative and that the student and staff member were wrestling; of falsifying incident reports; and of trying to get a witness to provide a false account of the incident.

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