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By Margaret Harding
Friday, April 26, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

If a Pittsburgh police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend continues alcohol abuse treatment, the charges against him could be withdrawn, a district judge ruled Thursday.

Judge Blaise Larotonda postponed a preliminary hearing for Officer Michael J. Flynn, 35, of Westwood, and said the simple assault charge Dormont police filed against him could be withdrawn at a July hearing.

“He's going to keep it going,” Larotonda said, adding that if Flynn violates a no-violent contact order, the case will be waived to court.

Dormont police charged Flynn after his girlfriend told officers he pushed past her into her home at 3 a.m. March 17 and became angry, pulling her off her bed and throwing a decorative stone. She told police she did not want Flynn to be arrested. Pittsburgh police spokeswoman Diane Richard said Flynn was transferred to work in the department's warrant office while the incident is investigated.

His attorney, Chris Thomas, said Flynn has attended AA meetings daily.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of the hearing today,” Thomas said Thursday. “There is a procedure in place for this very reason, to afford the parties involved the opportunity to resolve the issues at hand.”

Flynn declined comment.

Margaret Harding is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-380-8519 or mharding@tribweb.com.

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