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Former MW police officer enters plea

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By Thomas Barr

 MOUNT WASHINGTON - A former Mount Washington police officer has entered a guilty plea but will not face any prison time.

Steve Cox, 34, of Hebron Estates, entered a guilty plea Friday morning in Bullitt Circuit Court. His five-year sentence would be probated for three years, if accepted at final sentencing.

The plea agreement resulted from two separate incidents.

In December 2008, special prosecutor Jessica Green said Cox got angry at a female police officer and threw her against a couch.

At the time, he also tried to intimidate her against pressing any charges by threatening to release photos of the fellow officer.

This incident resulted in charges of assault and intimidating a participant in the legal process, the most serious charge resulting in a five-year sentence.

Then, on Feb. 11, 2011, Green said Cox pointed a gun at his wife and punched her. He also got angry and caused damage to a Mount Washington police cruiser.

This resulted in charges of wanton endangerment, assault and criminal mischief with the most serious offense being a felony punishable by five years.

Cox, who previously worked for the Pioneer Village police department, was also charged with trafficking in a controlled substance for having steroids in his possession on Nov. 15, 2010. That was also a five-year sentence.

Green said all the sentences would run concurrently for a total of five years.

Under terms of the probation, Cox would have to have a full-time job or be enrolled in school or performing community service.

Defense attorney Mark Hall said his client is already in counseling. Cox said he is working to reconcile with his wife.

As part of the agreement, Cox will pay restitution of $1,598.17 to the Mount Washington Police Department at a rate of $75 per month for damages to the cruiser.

Also, Burress ordered Cox to have no contact with the police officer, the police department and no unlawful contact with his wife until counselors notify him that it is OK.

Final sentencing will be held on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m.