- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia police officer once hailed as a hero has pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the alleged drugging and assault of two women.

Twenty-eight-year-old Richard DeCoatsworth pleaded guilty Tuesday to promoting prostitution, simple assault and a drug charge. He will be sentenced March 11.

In exchange, prosecutors dropped more than 20 more serious charges including rape and making terroristic threats.

The charges stemmed from an incident last year, when two women said DeCoatsworth forced them at gunpoint to do drugs and to perform sexual acts.

DeCoatsworth was shot in the face in September 2007 but managed to chase and capture his assailant.

He was invited by Vice President Joe Biden to attend the president’s televised February 2009 address to Congress and sat with first lady Michelle Obama.

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