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Ex-Detroit cop gets up to 15 years for sexual assault

George Hunter
The Detroit News

Detroit — A former Detroit Police Officer who sexually assaulted a 31-year-old woman while responding to a domestic violence call was sentenced Tuesday to up to 15 years in prison.

Officer Deon Nunlee, 40, was on duty at 3 a.m. Oct. 30, 2013, when he and his partner were sent to a home in the 16800 block of Asbury Park on the city's northwest side after a woman dialed 911 to report her boyfriend had assaulted her.

But instead of aiding the victim, Nunlee took her upstairs and sexually assaulted her. After the assault, Nunlee told the woman he would come back later.

Wayne Circuit Judge Vonda Evans interrupted Robert Bashara’s murder-for-hire trial Tuesday to sentence Nunlee to 19 months to 15 years for second-degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office.

“It was a plea deal,” said Nunlee’s attorney, Antonio Tuddles.

After the assault, the victim reported the allegation to two friends after the officers left the house. The next day, she informed police.

Nunlee was arrested when a positive DNA test came back from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

Nunlee, who joined the police force in 2008, retired after the allegations, his attorney said.

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