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Assault charges against former police officer dismissed

April 16, 2019

OSKALOOSA, Iowa (AP) — Charges against a former police officer accused of attacking her girlfriend in southern Iowa have been dismissed.

Mahaska County court records say 26-year-old Janay Pritchett had pleaded not guilty harassment, domestic abuse assault while displaying or using a weapon and domestic abuse assault, second offense.

The records say the alleged victim had told prosecutors she’d left Iowa, wouldn’t return to testify and wanted the charges dropped.

Court records say Pritchett’s girlfriend told officers that she and Pritchett were arguing May 3 last year when Pritchett kicked her in the chest, pulled a pocketknife and cut her on the left side of her neck. The girlfriend said Pritchett then threatened to shoot her with a shotgun.

Pritchett says in the records that she didn’t pull a knife or cut the woman.

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