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Officer agrees to provisional plea deal on battery charge

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BECKLEY (WVVA) - A Beckley Police officer has agreed to a provisional plea in a case of alleged battery against his girlfriend.

Bryan Atterson agreed to the plea during a hearing Friday morning. He had been placed on administrative leave in September 2013 after being arrested
on a domestic battery charge.

As part of the plea, Atterson will enter into a pre-trial diversion for one year. If completed without any issues or other charges being filed, the charge will be dismissed with prejudice on March 28, 2015.

Atterson is also to undergo psychological treatment for behavioral issues for a period of one year. Any violation of the court order and he will be jailed for 60 days.

According to the previous criminal complaint, the victim stated that Atterson restrained her against her will at their residence by applying martial arts maneuvers, including a maneuver to her arm and a choke hold.

Special prosecutor Michael Cochrane said he was "pleased with the disposition of this case and so is the victim in this matter."

"This type of case we take very serious and we want to ensure that these crimes are dealt with accordingly," Cochrane added. "As such, giving the facts in this matter, the resolution is firm but fair under the circumstances."
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