ADAMS COUNTY (WAOW) – A former Adams County deputy sheriff has agreed to plead guilty to disorderly conduct in a domestic violence incident involving his girlfriend more than a year ago, a prosecutor said Tuesday.
A two-day trial for Richard Sedevic, 34, on misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct had been set to start Wednesday in Adams County Circuit Court.
The criminal complaint said that during an argument in June 2012, Sedevic grabbed his girlfriend when she tried to use her cell phone to call for help, causing a bruise on her arm. The document also accused Sedevic of following the woman down the street and yelling at her.
Special Prosecutor David Knaapen said Tuesday that a plea agreement worked out calls for Sedevic to plead guilty to disorderly conduct and the battery charge will be dismissed.
“This was after fairly lengthy consultations with the victim. She felt it would be appropriate,” said Knaapen, an assistant district attorney in Portage County.
Sedevic is to return to court Sept. 17 for a plea hearing, according to court records.
Sedevic resigned as deputy sheriff in July 2012 after being placed on administrative leave, according to the sheriff. Sedevic also lost his job as a part-time officer for the Adams Police Department after the domestic violence incident.
Under the plea deal, if Sedevic writes a letter of apology to the woman, who is no longer his girlfriend, and goes one year without any criminal conduct, the disorderly conduct misdemeanor will be reduced to a disorderly conduct ordinance violation, Knaapen said.
“He has done anger management counseling on his own while the case was pending,” the prosecutor said.
The maximum punishment for the misdemeanor is 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. There is only a fine for an ordinance violation, Knaapen said.
Sedevic's attorney, Jay Englund, said Sedevic is comfortable with the deal. “If all goes smoothly, he walks away from it without any criminal convictions. This will allow him to fill out a job application and disclose that he does not have a criminal conviction.”