- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Woonsocket police officer has been found guilty of second-degree child abuse for assaulting his then-9-year-old sister in 2012.

The Rhode Island attorney general’s office said a Superior Court judge convicted 25-year-old Patrick Cahill of a single count on Thursday. He’s scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 8.

Prosecutors say Cahill physically abused his sister while he was taking care of her. According to a police report, the girl said Cahill put his hand around her neck and started to choke her after an argument. The girl reported the assault to her mother, who reported it to the Woonsocket Police Department.

Cahill has been on unpaid administrative leave since his arrest.

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

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