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Former Milwaukee police officer sentenced in illegal cavity search for drugs case

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - A former Milwaukee police officer was sentenced Friday to two years and two months in prison, for illegally strip-searching dozens of criminal suspects.

Michael Vagnini pleaded no contest in April to four felonies and four misdemeanor charges of illegal strip searches and misconduct-in-office.

Seventeen other counts were dropped in a plea deal – including all of his sexual assault charges.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Wagner also ordered Vagnini to spend 34 months under extended supervision when he leaves prison.

Three other officers face a total of eight charges in the case, but prosecutors said they were merely present in most of the instances in which the 34-year-old Vagnini checked suspects’ cavities – looking mainly for illegal drugs.

The other three officers – Jacob Knight, Jeffrey Dollhopf, and Brian Kolozek – are still scheduled to have trials later this year.

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