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UPDATE: 2 Milwaukee cops fined for role in strip searches

UPDATED Thursday, December 5, 2013 --- 2:33 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Milwaukee police officers convicted of failing to intervene when other officers conducted illegal body-cavity searches have each been fined $300.

Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek pleaded no contest to being party to disorderly conduct. A judge on Thursday sentenced Dollhopf to 100 hours of community service and Kozelek to 20 hours.

Both men have agreed to resign from the police department.

Kozelek's attorney, Patrick Brennan, says his client is relieved the case is over but sad about his resignation. A message left with Dollhopf's attorney was not immediately returned.

Two other former officers were also convicted in the case. Male victims accused Michael Vagnini of probing their rectal and genital areas under the pretense of searching for drugs, and the other three officers were accused of failing to stop him.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Monday, October 21, 2013 --- 9:00 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Milwaukee police officers accused of failing to intervene when an officer conducted illegal strip and body-cavity searches have reached a plea deal.

Suspended officers Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct as a party to a crime Monday. Prosecutors recommended the men receive fines and Dollhopf be ordered to do community service as part of his sentence.

Both also are expected to resign from the Milwaukee Police Department.

Court documents described both officers as watching while another officer, Michael Vagnini, strip-searched suspects. More than a dozen victims have file lawsuits.

Dollhopf was originally charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search. Kozelek was initially charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, October 17, 2013 --- 2:20 p.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- An expected plea deal has hit a snag for two Milwaukee police officers charged with failing to intervene when another officer conducted illegal strip searches and body cavity searches.

Online court records suggested a deal was imminent for Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek. But at a hearing Thursday, Kozelek's attorney, Patrick Brennan, told the judge negotiations were still ongoing.

The suspended officers' trials were to begin Monday. Brennan proposed that if both sides don't reach agreement by then, the trial can begin as scheduled. Judge Jeffrey Wagner agreed.

Both officers are charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal searches. The charges carry maximum penalties ranging from 13 to 17 years.

Two other officers have already been convicted of similar charges.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Thursday, October 17, 2013 --- 6:12 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two Milwaukee police officers might avoid trial on charges of failing to intervene when fellow officers conducted illegal strip searches and body-cavity searches.

Trials for Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek are scheduled to begin Monday. They're due in court Thursday for a pre-trial hearing, and online court records suggest a plea deal is near.

The records quote prosecutor Kent Lovern as saying the parties are near resolution.

Dollhopf is charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search. Kozelek is charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

Both officers have sought to have the charges dropped. They say the counts are too vague to allow them to present proper defenses.

Two other officers have already been convicted of similar charges.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 9:27 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The prosecution says it's near an agreement with the defense in the case of two Milwaukee police officers accused of failing to intervene as fellow officers conducted illegal strip searches and body-cavity searches.

Jeffrey Dollhopf is charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search. Brian Kozelek is charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

Both were due in court Tuesday morning but the case was adjourned until Thursday. Online court records quote prosecutor Kent Lovern as saying the parties are near resolution.

Both officers have sought to have the charges dropped. They say the counts are too vague to allow them to present proper defenses.

Similar charges resulted in criminal penalties against two other officers.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 6:30 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Two suspended Milwaukee police officers are due in court on charges that they failed to intervene as fellow officers conducted illegal strip searches and body-cavity searches.

Jeffrey Dollhopf is charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search. Brian Kozelek is charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

They're scheduled to make pre-trial appearances Tuesday morning. Their trials would begin next week.

Both men have sought to have the charges dropped. They say the counts are too vague to allow them to present proper defenses.

Similar charges have resulted in criminal penalties against two other officers. Michael Vagnini was sentenced to 26 months in prison and Jacob Knight was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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