Former Cleveland police officer avoids jail time for vicious assault on his child’s mother

Former Cleveland police officer avoids jail time for vicious assault on his child’s mother

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland police officer who pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman faced a judge for sentencing on Tuesday.

John Hawk, a former Cleveland police officer and heavyweight MMA fighter, was sentenced to two years of probation.

Cleveland police officer sentenced for vicious assault that left female victim seriously injured

Cleveland police officer sentenced for vicious assault that left female victim seriously injured

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Hawk was arrested in March 2020 by Cleveland police and initially charged with assault and abduction.

Court documents state that Hawk, who was hired by the Cleveland Division of Police in November 2018 and was most recently assigned to the department’s Fourth District, punched the mother of his child in the face.

“Defendant used both verbal and physical intimidation to repeatedly deny female victim’s exit from his residence under circumstances which forced victim to reasonably fear for her safety.”

The victim was hospitalized and suffered a nasal fracture, a concussion, and a laceration that required stitches.

Hawk pleaded guilty during a December 2020 hearing to only the assault charge. As part of the plea agreement, Hawk agreed to voluntarily and permanently surrender his peace officer certification.

The victim said she was willing to continue the relationship with Hawk to raise their newborn child together.

The Cuyahoga County judge also ordered Hawk to undergo a mental evaluation due to his past history as an MMA fighter.

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