ELKTON, Md. (AP) — A judge has granted probation before judgment to a Queen Anne’s County deputy sheriff accused of groping a woman in his patrol car in 2009.

Cpl. John Hoffman, 39, had pleaded guilty last week to second-degree assault, but Visiting Judge J. Frederick Price struck the verdict.

Price ordered Hoffman to serve three years of supervised probation.

Hoffman returned to duty weeks ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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