- Associated Press - Thursday, March 8, 2018

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) - A former police officer in southeastern Kansas has pleaded no contest to charges of sexually assaulting a woman he arrested during a domestic disturbance.

Jessie Davis, 22, took a plea deal Tuesday in Crawford County District Court, the Joplin Globe reported .

Davis turned himself in to authorities last year on charges of aggravated sexual battery and official misconduct after a Crawford County Sheriff’s Department investigation. He was later fired from the Pittsburg Police Department.

Davis will likely be placed on probation for two years and will not have to register as a sex offender if the court follows the plea agreement, according to John Gutierrez, assistant county attorney. The charges will be dropped as a result of the plea.

“It’s a reasonable plea,” Gutierrez said. “In consideration, he has no prior criminal history, so this will be his first conviction. It’s a felony, not a misdemeanor. It has some serious implications to it. He’s going to have to report on probation. If the judge goes along with this, he can’t have a firearm, and he’ll never be a police officer again.”

If Davis violates the plea agreement, he may face a sentence between 11 to 13 months in prison, Gutierrez said.

The woman said she was groped in Davis‘ patrol car. She filed a lawsuit last month against Davis, the Pittsburg Police Department and the city, alleging her civil rights were violated when she was arrested after a domestic disturbance in August. She’s seeking more than $75,000 in compensatory damages for each of the 12 counts against the defendants.

Davis is currently out on bond and is expected to be sentenced April 12.


Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com

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