Rochester Cop Pleads To Reduced Charges, Resigns

ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — ROCHESTER, Minn. (AP) — The case against a Rochester police officer accused of tipping off drug dealers has come to an end with a guilty plea on reduced charges and her resignation.

The Post-Bulletin of Rochester reports 32-year-old Vanessa Nicole Mason on Monday entered an Alford plea to an amended charge of misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Specifically, authorities alleged she socialized with people with felony convictions while she was a police officer and on active duty.

The Alford plea means she doesn’t admit guilt, but acknowledges there was enough evidence to convict her.

Under the plea agreement, Mason must pay a $1,000 fine and do 100 hours of community service. Her resignation was another condition of the deal.

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