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Former detective gets probation for misconduct

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Posted at 4:52 AM, Jan 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-12 06:52:49-05

A former Colorado Springs homicide detective accused of tampering with evidence in a kidnapping case and lying about having a sexual relationship with the alleged victim has been given four years of probation as part of a plea deal.

The Gazette reported Monday that 40-year-old Paul Patton also must complete 300 hours of community service and undergo a mental evaluation. He pleaded guilty to official misconduct and trying to influence a public servant.

Patton, a 15-year veteran, was placed on administrative leave in July after investigators learned about his sexual affair with the alleged victim in a kidnapping case he investigated.

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Prosecutors say he traded hundreds of text messages with the woman between June 22 and July 15.

Patton said in court Monday he was "100 percent responsible."