A veteran police officer has resigned after pleading guilty to assaulting a child earlier this year.
Captain Robert Dunn was accused of slapping the 10-year-old child on the right side of her head back in April while off duty.
In Carteret County court Wednesday, Dunn pleaded guilty to misdemeanor simple assault and was given a 45 day suspended sentence. The officer was also ordered to be on unsupervised probation for one year.
Dunn had been with the Beaufort Police Department since 1996.
A high ranking police officer in one police department has been charged with assaulting a child.
Carteret County deputies say Captain Robert Dunn was arrested Sunday on a charge of misdemeanor assault on a child under 12.
Dunn works for the Beaufort Police Department, and officials say this allegedly happened when the captain was off duty.
The warrant says the victim was a 10-year-old girl and Dunn is accused of "slapping her on the right side of her head."
Dunn turned himself in on Sunday and was released on bond.
Deputies say the child is okay and that Dunn has a May 6th court date.
The town says Dunn, who has worked for Beaufort since 1996, is on administrative leave.