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Constable Robert Angstadt Given Conditional Discharge After Assaulting Medicine Hat Man

11/10/2015 08:18 EST | Updated 11/10/2015 08:59 EST

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — A police officer in southeastern Alberta has been given a conditional discharge for assaulting a man at a hotel in 2012.

It means Constable Robert Angstadt of the Medicine Hat police will not have a criminal record if he meets the conditions.

The 42-year-old will be on probation for a year, he has to take anger management counselling and do a report on the role and responsibilities of police officers.

Angstadt was convicted for assaulting James Halcro, who is now 37, during an arrest at the Cecil Hotel in August 2012.

Victim statements from both Halcro and his sister outlined his struggles since the assault, including depression, anxiety, job loss, and medical issues.

Angstadt's lawyer, Willie de Wit, says his client's comments seemed to affect the judge's decision.

The constable expressed remorse and sympathy for Halcro and also spoke about how it affected his life and career.

"He believed he was following the training he was given and I think he followed that to the best of his abilities at the time,'' de Wit said outside court.

"Certainly he indicated he would do things differently in the future and that he's learned from the situation.''

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