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Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Domestic Assault, Faces Probe

A Prince George's County Police officer from Upper Marlboro faces a departmental investigation after he pleaded guilty to domestic assault.

A Prince George's County Police officer faces a departmental investigation after he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and was sentenced to four years probation. File|Patch
A Prince George's County Police officer faces a departmental investigation after he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and was sentenced to four years probation. File|Patch

A Prince George's County Police officer faces a departmental investigation after he pleaded guilty to domestic assault and was sentenced to four years probation.

Officer Dwight Jones, 45, of Upper Marlboro, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in Prince George's County District Court on June 9. He was charged following a Nov. 30, 2013, domestic incident in Upper Marlboro. 

He received a three-year suspended jail sentence, and was placed on probation for four years, according to Maryland online court records. Jones must also pay a $250 fine.

Police Chief Mark Magaw said Friday, "Our officers are held to the highest standard, whether they are on or off duty. Any behavior that betrays the trust of our community will not be tolerated and is not acceptable."

The departmental investigation could lead to termination. Jones' police powers are suspended and he is on administrative duty. 

Jones has been with the department for nine years and is assigned to the Telephone Reporting Unit.

Tia Jones June 15, 2014 at 02:48 AM
I agree, they do make mistakes like everyone else and it doesnt say he was found guilty it says he pleaded guilty. It seems to me he knew he made a terrible mistake and owned up to it. My husband is a DC police officer and I read this to him, he said it was interesting why this made any type of news , because at least 50% of the officers go through some domestic violence stuff. I dont think this man should have put his hands on his wife at all , but its alot of other officers doing worst and still get to keep their job. Maybe they should send him to some type of therapy and for now make sure he doesn't have a service weapon. I dont know him but i bet he was one of the good ones who got put in a bad situation. Smh! Uplift our men not tear them down!
Steven Spiegel June 15, 2014 at 10:01 AM
I hear you Tia If we threw every police officer off the force that ever had a fight with his wife we would not have any police officers at all . I know I had a girl friend that lied on me and said I hit her and she was the one who beat the hell out of me and when the police got there they arrested me . I went to court and was scared and went along with it because I knew if for some reason they found me guilty that I was facing 10 years . I think that some policemen should realize that this could also happen to them and not be so quick to judge when there are not obvious signs of abuse . A red face could be from a woman who is half nuts slapping herself in the face saying that they hit them like the crazy woman I was with did to me . We wound up making up and we got into another argument and she put her hand thru a glass in the very top of the door and look at me and said now your really going to jail . Looking at the top of the glass I felt sure that no police officer in his right mind would believe I could actually lift her up in the air while putting her hand through a window . Well they locked me up again when they got there and I decided to end the relationship before I wound up in prison .So no one really knows wht happened with the officer .
Tia Jones June 15, 2014 at 09:49 PM
No they don't, but I dont think this was a case where she was screaming he hit me. I know with my husband they really look into the situation like this before letting them go. But it still remains, if every officer was fired because of this we wouldn't have police. I think they should get them some counseling.

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