- Associated Press - Monday, December 8, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Woonsocket police officer convicted of physically abusing his 9-year-old sister is about to learn his punishment.

Twenty-five-year-old Patrick Cahill is scheduled to be sentenced Monday by Superior Court Judge Daniel Procaccini.

Cahill was found guilty in October of second-degree child abuse for choking his sister during an argument in 2012. The girl reported the assault to her mother, who in turn reported it to the Woonsocket Police Department.

Cahill has been on unpaid administrative leave since he was arrested in November 2012.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin called child abuse by a sworn officer of the law “especially reprehensible and disturbing.”

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