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Former San Diego police officer pleads no contest to lewd act

July 18, 2012 | 11:37 am

Daniel DanaA former San Diego police officer pleaded no contest Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of committing a lewd act in public -- in exchange for having a felony charge of sexually assaulting a prostitute dropped.

Daniel Dana, 27, a police officer for four years, was sentenced to three years' probation.

He had been charged in May 2011 with coercing a 35-year-old prostitute into having sex with him in his patrol car by threatening to arrest her if she refused. That charge was dropped as part of a plea bargain announced in San Diego County Superior Court.

Dana left the police department after being charged.

His arrest was one of several scandals that led Police Chief William Lansdowne in 2011 to institute measures to safeguard against police misconduct and to help members of the public report such incidents.

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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Daniel Dana. Credit: Fox 5 San Diego

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