No discipline decided yet for city officer charged with assault

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Pittsburgh police officials have not determined whether to change a sergeant's work status following his weekend arrest for hitting his ex-girlfriend.

Sgt. Eugene Hlavac was charged Saturday with aggravated assault after allegedly slapping Lauren Maughan's face and dislocating her jaw during an argument at his Greenfield home.

Assistant Chief William Bochter said yesterday that Sgt. Hlavac was on vacation at the time of the incident and is scheduled to be off until January.

Sgt. Hlavac works the overnight shift at Zone 2 in the Hill District.

"He's off right now using discretionary time. He was scheduled off until the end of the year, so his case will be investigated as all domestic violence cases are, internally," Assistant Chief Bochter said.

"If there is discipline, he would be disciplined when he returned to work. ... We're just getting this. We haven't had a chance to investigate."

Other city police officers accused of domestic violence have been taken off the street and put to work at a desk job in the warrant office while the internal investigation and criminal case run their course.

Pennsylvania also has a law on the books called the Confidence in Law Enforcement Act, which calls for police officers charged with certain crimes -- such as a felony -- to be suspended.

Sgt. Hlavac is charged with a first-degree felony.

Sgt. Hlavac declined comment yesterday, as did Ms. Maughan. The two have a son together.

Officer Dan O'Hara, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he had not been briefed on the situation.

"That's in his personal life. He's gonna have to deal with that as an individual. We don't represent him for that," Officer O'Hara said.


Jonathan D. Silver can be reached at jsilver@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1962.


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