NYPD cop, 35, resigns after pleading guilty to strangling his girlfriend until she passed out
- Joseph Sidlowski pleaded guilty to attempted strangulation, a felony, and obstruction of breathing misdemeanor charge, and agreed to resign
- Seven-year NYPD veteran was arrested in August for strangling his girlfriend in Staten Island during domestic dispute
- The woman lost consciousness and suffered abrasions to her neck
- If Sidlowski completes abuse counseling program, his felony plea will be vacated and he will be re-sentenced to three years’ probation
A New York City police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to strangling his girlfriend to the point where she lost consciousness earlier this year.
Joseph Sidlowski, 35, a seven-year veteran with the NYPD, on Wednesday entered pleas of guilty to attempted strangulation, a felony, and obstruction of breathing misdemeanor charge.
Under the conditions of the plea agreement, Sidlowski has quit the police force.
NYPD officer Joseph Sidlowski, 35, has resigned after pleading guilty to attempted strangulation and obstruction of breathing for choking his girlfriend in August
Sidlowski will be required to seek counseling through the Abusive Partner Intervention Program, reported Staten Island Advance.
Upon completing the program, the ex-cop’s felony plea will be vacated, and he will be re-sentenced on the misdemeanor conviction to three years’ probation.
Sidlowski was arrested in Staten Island on August 25 following a domestic incident involving his then-girlfriend that was reported two days prior in Rossville.
According to a criminal complaint, the cop, who was off-duty at the time, ‘put his arm around [his girlfriend’s] neck and applied pressure, causing her to experience difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness and physical injuries.’
The victim was said to have suffered abrasions on her neck, hand and knee as a result of the attack.
Sidlowski had been assigned to the 120th Precinct on Staten Island, earning an annual salary of more than $63,000.
Sidlowski is due back in state court for a sentencing hearing on February 22, 2021.