CSAO: New London Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Improper Use of Force Case

New London Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Improper Use of Force Case

A New London police officer charged with hitting a handcuffed man in the face pled guilty today to one count of Criminal Deprivation of Rights by Force.

Deana M. Nott, age 50, of Waterford, entered the plea before Middletown Superior Court where Judge Maureen T. Keegan sentenced her to a one-year suspended sentence, three years of probation and a $1,000 fine.

As a condition of the plea agreement, Nott was required to apologize to the victim and the New London Police Department and community, which she did on the record in court.

Additionally, she was ordered to perform 50 hours of community service, successfully complete courses in anger management, de-escalation of the use of force and proper use of electronic shock weapons.

The plea agreement also provides that any unreasonable use of force would be considered a violation of her probation and would subject her to criminal penalties over and beyond the usual consequences of such behavior. She also agreed not to seek early termination of her probation for any reason.

According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Nott was on duty as a New London police officer on June 22, 2016, when she responded to a domestic complaint. A 37-year-old man was handcuffed and seated in a police cruiser when Nott struck him in the face with a closed fist, the warrant stated.

Criminal Deprivation of Rights by Force is a class A misdemeanor. The Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney prosecuted the case.

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