State trooper resigns after sex assault conviction in southwest Virginia

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.

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