- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A former Philadelphia police officer honored by the White House before a downward spiral that left him in custody on $60 million bail has been sentenced to probation.

Richard DeCoatsworth was sentenced Monday for assaulting a live-in girlfriend after he was cleared of a string of felony charges.

DeCoatsworth had sat with first lady Michelle Obama at the 2009 State of the Union address after he was shot in the face chasing a suspect. His lawyers have said he became addicted to painkillers and heroin afterward.

DeCoatsworth had been charged with raping prostitutes at gunpoint.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (https://goo.gl/c6SBeZ) reports a judge Monday ordered him to undergo counseling and serve 18 months of probation.

A defense lawyer says the 28-year-old hopes to work at an animal shelter in Florida.


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, https://www.inquirer.com

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