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Man charged with hitting sergeant during July bar fight

A bar patron who was allegedly assaulted by an off-duty Massachusetts State Police sergeant and two Boston College football players was charged yesterday with punching the sergeant during the altercation.

Sean Maney, 28, a software engineer from Watertown, was charged with assault and battery against Sergeant Joseph J. Boike during a melee July 1 at The Greatest Bar near North Station. Assistant Magistrate Francis X. Cunningham issued the complaint after a hearing in Boston Municipal Court.

Witnesses for Boike supported the sergeant's assertion that Maney started the fight by punching Boike after the sergeant, a part owner of the bar, asked Maney and his friends to vacate their seats to make room for a group of Boston College players.

"This gives the public a much better, clearer view of what really went on in terms of who started the physical confrontation," said Boike's lawyer, Timothy M. Burke.

Boike, 52, sought the complaint after he was charged with assaulting Maney and Christy Osborne, the girlfriend of Maney's brother Brian, during the brawl. State Police have suspended Boike without pay pending the outcome of the court case.

Maney suffered a broken neck and other injuries in the altercation.

"We have faith that justice will prevail," his mother, Maureen, said. "Anybody who knows Sean knows he would never do what [Boike] said he did."

BC players Gosder Cherilus and DeJuan Tribble also were charged with assaulting Maney. Each faces one count of assault and battery and one count of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon (a shod foot). Neither player appeared at yesterday's hearing, and their lawyer, Philip A. Tracy Jr., could not be reached for comment.

Boike also faces one count of assault with a dangerous weapon stemming from Maney's allegation that Boike struck him with a bottle.

Some witnesses said they did not see Boike wielding a bottle against Maney, though Maney stood by his account.

Burke said he filed a motion to dismiss the charges against Boike based on "inconsistencies in Maney's statements to police."

Robert Hohler can be reached at hohler@globe.com.

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