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Cleveland officer who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault resigns from force, gets 2 years probation

Posted at 10:55 AM, Jan 05, 2021

CLEVELAND — A Cleveland police officer who took a plea in an assault case was sentenced to two years probation and required to permanently surrender his peace officer certification during his sentencing Tuesday.

John Hawk, 41, was originally charged with felonious assault after he struck a woman in the face, causing a nasal fracture in March 2020, according to a statement of facts.

At the time, he was relieved from duty and placed on unpaid administrative leave.

He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault on Tuesday. Based on the plea agreement, Hawk agreed to voluntarily and permanently surrender his peace officer certification.

Hawk, who shares a 7-week-old infant with the victim, was ordered to attend domestic violence classes and have a mental health evaluation for traumatic brain injury from his MMA career.

He was ordered to have no contact with the victim until his hearing in 30 days when the judge would re-evaluate his no-contact order.

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