CLINTWOOD, VA (AP) – A Virginia state trooper has resigned after his sexual assault conviction in southwest Virginia.
The Bristol Herald-Courier reports that 43-year-old Andre Patrick Peak of Clintwood entered an Alford plea Thursday in Dickenson County Circuit Court to a charge of sexual assault and battery.
A special prosecutor handling the case said Peak resigned as a senior trooper in Dickenson County as part of a plea agreement.
State police spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed Peak is no longer employed.
Peak received a 12-month suspended sentence and will serve a year of supervised probation.
The indictment said the assault occurred in December 2014.
Geller said the assault occurred while Peak was off duty.
An Alford plea means a defendant acknowledges there is sufficient evidence for a conviction but does not admit guilt.