CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A former Benton County jail sergeant who was accused of grabbing two inmates by the throat has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports Shawn Spevacek had been charged with official misconduct and assault but pleaded guilty last week to a count of harassment.

He was sentenced to 18 months of probation and 60 hours of community service and ordered to complete an anger management course. In the plea bargain, he surrendered his public safety officer certification, which had lapsed.

In the spring he was accused in two separate incidents, and he resigned.

At sentencing, he read a statement that discussed the stress of working in a jail and said keeping the pressure of the job from his family was a mistake.

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