- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa (AP) - A former Iowa sheriff’s deputy has received a deferred judgment and probation on assault charges stemming from an incident when he was off-duty.

KWWL-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1JQ1RQi ) a sentence was delivered to 36-year-old Jeffery Athey, previously a Chickasaw County sheriff’s deputy, on Tuesday. He has been ordered to serve two years of probation for charges of assault with intent to inflict serious injury and to commit sexual abuse.

Athey was accused of assaulting two dispatchers in October in new Hampton. He entered a guilty plea in March.

A judge decided Athey’s behavior was fueled by alcohol the night of the assault, resulting in the deferred judgment. Under Iowa law, a deferred judgment allows a judge to refrain from finding a defendant guilty and instead opt for a probationary period.

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