A Pittsburgh police sergeant accused of dislocating his ex-girlfriend's jaw has been suspended from the force pending termination.
The decision to impose a five-day suspension pending termination on Sgt. Eugene F. Hlavac Jr. came at a morning internal hearing at the Pittsburgh Police Headquarters. Sgt. Hlavac will have the opportunity to meet with Public Safety Director Michael Huss over the matter.
FOP President Dan O'Hara and Sgt. Hlavac discussed the decision after the hearing.
"I've been a police officer since 1991 and I've never been more eager to go to court," said Sgt. Hlavac. "I'll see all of you there."
Sgt. Hlavac, 42, of Greenfield, was originally charged with aggravated assault, but that count was reduced to simple assault during a preliminary hearing.
According to Lauren Maughan, 23, Sgt. Hlavac slapped her face during an argument. She said she sustained a dislocated jaw in the incident.
Sgt. Hlavac claims he was defending himself.
Phillip DiLucente, who is representing Sgt. Hlavac in his criminal case, said all he hopes for is a thorough investigation.
Officer O'Hara called the police bureau's decision to even hold a hearing a "miscarriage of justice."
"This should be tried in the courts," said Officer O'Hara. He said the city's decision to act quickly was based on pressure from women's groups. "This was in his private life and has nothing to do with his professional life."
Jerome L. Sherman can be reached a firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1183.