Thursday, March 27, 2003

Officer David Gronin - Terminated - Southgate PD

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Officer David Gronin convicted of domestic violence

Former cop sentenced on assault charges
Published: Sunday, May 25, 2003
By Andrea Blum
The News-Herald

SOUTHGATE - A former city police officer was sentenced May 15 on two assault charges.

David Grondin will spend a year on probation for an altercation with his ex-wife and another man in November.

Grondin, 29, also must attend classes on anger management and domestic violence as a result of the incident, as well as pay a $1,000 fine.

He is allowed no contact with the two others involved or their families.

If he meets all of those conditions, after a year the charges will be expunged from his record, as he is a first-time offender.

He pleaded no contest to both counts during a trial May 1 in 27th District Court, Division I, in Wyandotte.

Grondin was arrested by Riverview police inside the Southgate Police Department on Nov. 15, 2002, and charged with one count of domestic assault and one count of assault and battery.

He was fired from the department March 27 after working there for three years.

Since then, he has sought employment with the reservation police in Sault Ste. Marie.

A circuit court order prohibits Grondin from carrying a gun, but he is challenging that order.

Grondin was fired due to several internal department issues, according to Police Chief Larry Hall, in addition to the assault incident.

The union has asked to take the matter to arbitration.

"Its not a case where the arbitrator would exonerate him," Hall said. "They will look at if the action of the city was proportionate and equitable given the charges."

He said the matter likely wouldnt go to arbitration sooner than November.

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