Former hero cop pleads guilty to charges

By Michelle Kapusta,

A Philadelphia police officer, who was once hailed as a hero by President Barack Obama, has plead guilty to charges stemming from his 2013 arrest.

According to WPVI, Richard DeCoatsworth pleaded guilty on Tuesday to lesser charges than the original drugging and sexual assaults of two women. He instead pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution, possession, distribution of illegal narcotics and simple assault. Charges of rape and involuntary sexual intercourse were dropped.

NBC10 notes that the charges were first brought against DeCoatsworth back in May and that the city cop had several complaints filed against him during his time on the force.

In 2007, he was shot in the face while chasing down a suspect. He was able to call for backup and the suspect was later apprehended.

For that, DeCoatsworth received an invitation two years later for the president’s address to Congress, where he was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama.

He resigned from the PPD in 2011.

DeCoatsworth will be sentenced in March and faces prison time if convicted.



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