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WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island state trooper has been ordered to perform 25 hours of community service after pleading no contest to a simple assault charge.

James Donnelly-Taylor entered his plea and was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Anthony Capraro in District Court. Under the terms of his sentencing the charge will be dismissed if Donnelly-Taylor stays out of legal trouble for a year.

The 38-year-old trooper is accused of assaulting a motorist, 31-year-old Lionel Monsanto, in February at the police department's Lincoln Barracks. Monsanto had been charged with driving on an expired license, disorderly conduct, obstructing a police officer and simple assault. Those charges were later dismissed.

Col. Steven G. O'Donnell, superintendent of state police, says Donnelly-Taylor will not be fired, but faces an administrative hearing that could result in a suspension.

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