Decorated NYPD officer indicted on assault charge

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NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a newly decorated New York City police officer has been indicted after a woman was beaten in her home.

Officer Eugene Donnelly has pleaded not guilty to assault, trespassing and criminal mischief.

The alleged June incident occurred hours after Donnelly received a Police Combat Cross for chasing and arresting a suspect who had shot at him.

Authorities say he'd been drinking with colleagues and spent the night at a friend's apartment.

He allegedly broke through the chain-locked door of another apartment, threw the woman to the floor and beat her about the head.

Attorney Michael Marinaccio (mehr-uh-NAH-chee-oh) said Tuesday that the charges are misdemeanors and the case involves "more than meets the eye."

Donnelly could face up to a year in jail if convicted. He has been placed on modified duty.

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