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Former Colorado officer pleads guilty to attempted assault

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Posted at 5:14 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 19:14:46-04

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — A former police officer in southern Colorado has been sentenced to more than a year in jail after pleading guilty to attempted sexual assault.

Former Pueblo Police Cpl. Benjamin Candelaria also pleaded guilty to official misconduct and must register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors dismissed a felony sexual assault charge as part of a plea agreement with Candelaria, who is 48.

Candelaria was arrested in November 2016 after a woman reported that he assaulted her after she called for help in a domestic violence case. According to the Pueblo Chieftain, the police department put Candelaria on leave after his arrest and he resigned a month later.