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A fired Des Moines police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his squad car has pleaded guilty to charges in the case.
The trial for 35-year-old Maynard Richardson was to begin on Monday in Polk County District Court in Des Moines.
He pleaded guilty to non-felonious misconduct in office and false imprisonment on Friday. The charges aggravated misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of one year in prison. Prosecutors dropped a felony charge of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse in exchange for his plea.
Sentencing is set for June 1.
Richardson was fired Feb. 24 after an internal investigation into allegations that he placed a woman in his squad car and kissed and touched her without her permission.
-- Associated Press