Former Warroad Cop Pleads Guilty

By: News Intern Katherine Jones

WARROAD- A former police officer from Warroad pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a girl at least ten times when she was 16 and 17 and stalking her while on duty in his squad car.  

Thirty-year-old Joshua Demmerly entered an Alford plea, acknowledging there’s sufficient evidence to convict him but maintaining he’s innocent.  

Prosecutors say Demmerly told the teen there was a felony investigation of her under way and he could offer protection from it.  

In another instance, Demmerly allegedly turned on his squad car’s emergency lights, turned off its camera and arrested the victim in front of others at a party.

He is scheduled to receive sentencing on November 8th.

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