NYPD officer indicted on charges of assaulting woman in Bronx apartment

WOODLAWN (WABC) -- A grand jury has indicted a New York City police officer in connection with an attack on a woman in her Bronx apartment.

Officer Eugene Donnelly is charged with burglary, trespassing and assault.

Prosecutors say Donnelly was drunk when he broke into a woman's apartment in Woodlawn and punched her repeatedly.

He faces up to a year behind bars if convicted.

Donnelly pleaded not guilty and will be back in court in December.

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 said Tuesday that the charges are misdemeanors and the case involves "more than meets the eye."

Donnelly has been placed on modified duty.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)
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