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2 Milwaukee police officers reach plea deal in illegal strip search case

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Two Milwaukee police officers have reached a plea deal in an case of illegal strip and body-cavity searches.

Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek, both suspended officers, pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct as a party to a crime Monday morning.  Prosecutors have recommended the two receive fines, in addition, Dollhopf ordered to perform community service.

Dollhopf and Kozelek are both expected to resign from the Milwaukee Police Department.

According to court documents, both watched as another officer, Michael Vagnini, strip-searched suspects.  More than a dozen victims have filed lawsuits.  

Dollhopf was originally charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search.  Kozelek was initially charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) – Two Milwaukee police officers charged with failing to intervene when fellow officers conducted illegal strip searches and body-cavity searches may avoid trial.

Jeffrey Dollhopf and Brian Kozelek are scheduled to begin trial on Monday, but they are due in court on Thursday for a pre-trial hearing. 

Dollhopf is charged with felony misconduct in public office and being party to the crime of illegal cavity search. Kozelek is charged with illegal strip search and misconduct in office.

According to online court records, a plea deal is very close to being made.  The records quote prosecutor Kent Lovern as saying the parties are near resolution.

Both officers tried to have the charges dropped because they say the counts are too vague to allow them to present themselves with a proper defense.

Two other officers have already been convicted of similar charges.

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