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Wisconsin Police Officer Reaches Plea Deal

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CARLTON, Minn. (AP) — A Superior, Wis., police officer accused of punching his girlfriend in Minnesota has reached a plea agreement.

Forty-four-year-old Sgt. Daniel Hawkin II pleaded guilty Monday in Carlton County to a new misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. In exchange, the judge dismissed the original misdemeanor charge of domestic assault against Hawkin.

The judge sentenced Hawkin to 90 days in jail, but stayed the sentence for one year provided Hawkin completes chemical and anger management assessments. Hawkin must also pay $385 in fines and fees.

The Superior Police Department says Hawkin remains on paid administrative leave while the department determines his status.

Hawkin was charged after he allegedly punched his girlfriend after an argument that started at Black Bear Casino last January. His attorney declined to comment to the Duluth News Tribune.

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