A former police officer from Warroad has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl a number of times when she was 16 and 17 and stalking her while on duty in his squad car. The Star Tribune reports 30-year-old Joshua Demmerly entered an Alford plea, acknowledging there’s sufficient evidence to convict him but maintaining he’s innocent. Prosecutors say Demmerly told the teen there was a felony investigation of her under way and he could offer protection from it. In another instance, Demmerly allegedly turned on his squad car’s emergency lights, turned off its camera and arrested the victim in front of others at a party.
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