- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 26, 2016

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Laurel police officer who is charged with assaulting his girlfriend until she lost consciousness has been placed on leave.

The Billings Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2auS08N ) 46-year-old Jim Huertas appeared in Billings Municipal Court on Monday and pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor partner or family member assault. He was released after posting a $500 bond and was ordered not to contact his girlfriend. His next court appearance is set for September.

Court records say the woman reported Huertas punched her several times during an argument before knocking her down and kicking her until she lost consciousness.

Huertas told investigators the woman hit him, but he did not hit her.

Laurel Police Chief Rick Musson said Huertas, who has been an officer for 9 years, was put on administrative leave after his arrest.


Information from: The Billings Gazette, https://www.billingsgazette.com

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