Roman Granados
Roman Granados. Photo courtesy of NBC San Diego

An off-duty Chula Vista police officer who put his girlfriend’s 16-year-old son in a chokehold during an altercation at a local elementary school graduation pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor child abuse and a disturbing the peace infraction.

Roman Granados, 47, faces up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Aug. 12.

Chula Vista police said Granados was attending the graduation last June 5 for one of his girlfriend’s children when the teenage victim confronted his mother about a prior disagreement. Granados intervened, hitting, slapping and choking the boy, according to police.

The teen initially refused medical treatment but went to a facility hours later after complaining of pain, police said.

Granados — a 14-year CVPD veteran — was placed on administrative leave afterward but has since returned to work, doing duties that don’t involve the public, said Lt. Fritz Reber.

— City News Service