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Ex-Loveland police officer pleads on charge he was HIV-positive during sexual assault

Anthony Pecord will not serve any extra time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.
Anthony Pecord will not serve any extra time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault...
Anthony Pecord will not serve any extra time after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge.(Hamilton County Justice Center)
Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 3:48 PM EDT
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LOVELAND, Ohio (FOX19) - A former Loveland police officer has entered a guilty plea in an incident of sexual assault where he drugged the victim, according to court records.

The incident occurred on Jan. 24, 2021. Anthony Pecord used the intoxicant to impair the male victim’s ability to consent.

The incident was reported on Jan. 25 and prompted an investigation.

Pecord attempted to destroy photographic evidence of the crime, but detectives with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office were able to preserve it, according to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

The former officer resigned on Feb. 26.

He was convicted in April on three counts of gross sexual imposition and sentenced to a four-year prison sentence.

Days after his conviction, an assault charge with a sexual motive specification was filed against Pecord after prosecutors said he knew he was HIV-positive when the sexual assault occurred.

According to Ohio Revised Code, an assault is committed with a “sexual motivation” when the offender commits it with the purpose of gratifying his or her sexual needs or desires.

That specification was later amended out of the indictment and the charge was dropped to a first-degree misdemeanor, according to Pecord’s attorney Stew Mathews.

Last Thursday, Pecord pleaded guilty to the amended charge.

The judge sentenced Pecord to 160 days of jail time and gave him credit for time served, meaning no time has been added to his existing four-year sentence.

There is a concern there might be more people who were victimized by Pecord, Deters has said.

Anyone who might be a victim should call the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Detective Losekamp at 513-595-7484.

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