Montgomery County police officer pleads guilty to assaulting wife

A Montgomery County police officer on Thursday pleaded guilty to assaulting his wife during an argument inside their Germantown home last year.

Eric Tehrani, a 12-year veteran of the force, pushed his wife against a wall, put his hands around her neck and threw her against a large desk, according to prosecutors. She was examined by doctors, and had bruises consistent with her account, prosecutors said.

Tehrani, who remains on unpaid administrative leave from the department, is scheduled to be sentenced in May. Prosecutors have agreed to not seek jail time for the charge, which is a misdemeanor form of assault. In November, after learning about the incident, Montgomery detectives interviewed Tehrani’s wife and others, and charged the officer.

Jim Shalleck, a lawyer for Tehrani, said he expects police officials to wait until after sentencing before deciding whether to take any further action, which is typical in such cases. Terhani’s most recent assignment was as a patrol officer, and he wants to return to the job. “Our goal is to get Eric back on active duty,” Shalleck said. “This is a very unfortunate incident for everybody.”

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Post staff writer Dan Morse covers courts and crime in Montgomery County, Md.
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