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Cop convicted of misdemeanor assault

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by Sabrina Salas Matanane

Guam - A police officer finds himself on the wrong side of the law, as Officer Steven Topasna will have to spend ten days in jail after being convicted of misdemeanor assault.  Topasna was also ordered to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs. He's also being held liable for full restitution to victim Rey Gagarin.

The police officer will also serve a two-year probation and 200 hours of community service. He will only be allowed to carry a firearm while on duty and will be partnered with another officer.

After a two-day jury trial, Topasna was acquitted of felony assault charges and official misconduct but was found guilty of misdemeanor assault.  Topasna was accused of going to Gagarin's house and assaulted him because he thought he damaged his personal car. Gagarin was taken to the Dededo Precinct, but was later told that they had got the wrong guy.

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