• Ex-police officer pleads guilty to groping woman on duty

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    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee police officer has pleaded guilty to sexual battery and official oppression.

    The Knoxville News Sentinel reports 39-year-old Jason Tyler Hughett waived his right to a jury trial Monday and pleaded guilty to the charges. The two-count information filed in court says he groped a woman while he was on duty in September.

    Knoxville police spokesman Darrell DeBusk says Hughett resigned in October.

    Prosecutor Ashley McDermott and defense attorney Joshua Hedrick agreed to a 1-year maximum sentence for Hughett, who can ask a judge to grant probation and judicial diversion at his scheduled Feb. 8 sentencing.

    The former officer, who was released on his own recognizance Monday, will be required to avoid any contact with the victim, according to authorities.

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    Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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