- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A former Albuquerque police officer charged with kneeing a law student in the groin during a traffic stop has pleaded no contest to a lesser charge.

Court records say District Judge Briana Zamora sentenced Pablo Padilla to 364 days of unsupervised probation and 24 hours of community service for misdemeanor aggravated battery. He was originally charged with felony aggravated battery and tampering with evidence.

Padilla retired before being disciplined for the April 2014 incident. University of New Mexico law student Jeremy Martin had to have a testicle removed during emergency surgery.

Special prosecutor Henry Valdez says Martin agreed with the plea and wanted the case behind him.

Padilla would not comment on the case. His attorney could not be reached for comment Tuesday.


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