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Friday, February 4, 2011

[MN] Superior Police Sgt. Dan Hawkin - accused of punching, injuring girlfriends face - pleads not guilty



...While they were driving Hawkin allegedly punched his girlfriend three times, hitting her twice in the face, and leaving her with a split lip and swelling...

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[MN] Superior Polce Sgt. Hawkins arrested, accused of punching girlfriend in the face

>Superior officer pleads not guilty to assault: A Superior police officer charged with misdemeanor domestic assault pleaded not guilty to the charge Thursday in Carlton County District Court.
Duluth News Tribune
February 04 2011
[Excerpts] ...[Superior police Sgt. Daniel Ellis] Hawkin has been placed on administrative leave... charged with misdemeanor domestic assault pleaded not guilty to the charge... accused of punching his girlfriend three times... Hawkin was released pending his next court appearance next month. He was ordered to have no contact with his alleged victim. Superior police Chief Floyd Peters said that as a result of the allegations, Hawkin has been placed on administrative leave... [Full article here]

Superior Police Officer Enters Plea In Domestic Assault Case
Northland's NewsCenter
Posted by Melissa Burlaga
February 3, 2011
[Excerpts] ...According to the criminal complaint police were called to I-35 early one morning by Hawkin's 32 year old girlfriend... While they were driving Hawkin allegedly punched his girlfriend three times, hitting her twice in the face, and leaving her with a split lip and swelling. She then got out of the car and he drove away... [Full article here]

UPDATE (HE GOT AWAY WITH IT):

SUPERIOR COP PLEADS DOWN TO DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Daniel Hawkin pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after punching his girlfriend and leaving her next to Interstate 35 on a frigid January night; he was demoted at work after the internal investigation.
Duluth News Tribune, Pine Journal
By: Steve Kuchera
Published June 27, 2011
[Excerpts] A veteran Superior police officer accused of punching his girlfriend will avoid further jail time if he follows the conditions of a plea agreement approved Monday in Carlton County District Court. Daniel Ellis Hawkin II, 44, pleaded guilty to a new misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct. In exchange, District Court Judge Robert Macaulay dismissed the original charge of domestic assault, also a misdemeanor, against Hawkin. Macaulay sentenced Hawkin to 90 days in jail but stayed the sentence for one year provided Hawkin completes chemical and anger management assessments, follows the recommendations of the evaluations, makes all future court appearances and an Oct. 13 review to determine whether he has completed the recommendations and commits no similar offenses. Hawkin also must pay $385 in fines and fees. Macaulay gave Hawkin credit for four days already spent in jail... “Sgt. Hawkin remains on paid administrative leave at this time,” Assistant Chief of Police Charles F. LaGesse said Monday afternoon in a prepared statement. “We will review all available information on this incident and will determine any disciplinary measures to be applied.” Later in the week, Police Chief Floyd Peters said he suspended Hawkin without pay for two weeks and demoted him to the rank of officer because of the internal investigation. He also was placed on a two-year last-chance agreement... “To me, the domestic-type cases are driven by what the victim wants,” Assistant Carlton County Attorney James Ross said after Monday’s plea agreement was accepted. “This victim was real cooperative. She didn’t want to drag him into a trial; wanted to resolve the matter. It appeared to be an isolated incident. She indicated they had been drinking. With the chemical and anger management assessment we may never see him again. That is what we are hoping for”... [Full article here]
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