- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2016

PATERSON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey city is dropping disciplinary charges as part of a settlement with a police officer who’s been suspended with pay for nine years.

The Record newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/298KG0L ) Paterson released a copy of its settlement with Manuel Avila this week.

Avila had been accused in 2007 of forcing a woman in custody into a sex act. He was acquitted of criminal charges in 2010 but remained on paid suspension as internal disciplinary charges were pending. Details of those charges were blacked out in the agreement.

Avila has collected about $900,000 in suspension pay. He stands to receive another $85,000.

The city spent nearly $2 million in legal fees, suspension pay, and to settle a lawsuit with the woman.

Avila’s lawyer, Frederic Rossi, declined to comment.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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