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Newton Man Sentenced for Assaulting a Law Enforcement Officer

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NEWTON, NJ—A Newton man was sentenced to 61 days in the Sussex County Correctional Facility with 61 days credit as time served after pleading guilty to aggravated assault according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis Koch.

Timothy Durgin, 22, of Newton pled guilty on May 10 to “one count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and one count of disorderly person’s simple assault after being terminated from the Pre-Trial Intervention Program,” according to Koch.

Durgin had been arrested on charges of simple assault, being under the influence of LSD and aggravated assault on a police officer in May 2014 according to police records.  It was reported that Durgin had assaulted his then-girlfriend, causing injuries including a concussion, broken nose and laceration that required stitches. She had to go to Newton Medical Center for treatment, police said.

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Durgin also was sent to Newton Medical Center for evaluation, according to police reports, when he became agitated during processing. 

Later in July Durgin was taken into custody on complaints of trespassing and “consuming alcohol under the legal drinking age on private property,” police said.

Durgin appeared before the Honorable William J McGovern III J.S.C when he was sentenced at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, according to Prosecutor Koch.

Along with serving his time at the Sussex County Correctional Facility, Durgin will also have to pay $206 in fines.

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