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Former police officer pleads guilty to slapping stepdaughter

By WCTI Staff
Published On: Aug 06 2014 09:49:06 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 17 2014 01:17:29 PM CDT
Officer Robert Dunn
BEAUFORT, CARTERET COUNTY -

A Beaufort police officer pleaded guilty to simple assault against his 10-year-old stepdaughter, then resigned from the police department.

Robert Dunn, 46, pleaded guilty to simple assault on Monday. According to warrants, he slapped his 10-year-old stepdaughter on the right side of her head.

The judge gave Dunn a 45-day suspended sentence and a year of unsupervised probation, a court official said.

Dunn turned in his resignation from the Beaufort Police Department later Monday, which became effective on Tuesday, said Town Manager Charlie Burgess. Dunn was a police captain.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office arrested Dunn on April 20 and charged him with one count of misdemeanor assault on a child under 12. He was placed on paid administrative leave from the Beaufort Police Department.

Dunn's wife, Tara Keys Dunn, called 911 after the alleged incident occurred. She alleged that Dunn was "stoned drunk."

"My husband just assaulted my daughter. He's drunk, he's stoned drunk. He just came into the room and slapped her across the face while she was sleeping," Tara said to the 911 operator.

(CLICK HERE to read more on the 911 call.)

But Tara Dunn later requested that the charge against her husband be dropped, saying it was a big misunderstanding.

Tara Dunn said her husband  was playing with her daughter when he went to give her a high five. However, the child moved in the midst of the high five, causing Dunn to accidentally touch the child's face, Tara said.

Tara Dunn said she was in a neighboring room when it happened, and didn't get both sides of the story before she called 911.