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Sex assault case against Milwaukee firefighter Michael Peden dismissed

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jul 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-11 23:12:17-04

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A sexual assault case against a Milwaukee firefighter has been dismissed.

Michael Peden was charged in December 2017 with second-degree sexual assault. But according to court records, the case was dismissed Thursday without prejudice — meaning charges could be refiled.

Peden was accused of groping a co-worker and giving her a poor evaluation after she complained.

Peden's attorney, Rebecca Coffee, says Peden feels vindicated and has maintained his innocence.

At the time, Peden worked as a heavy equipment operator and was assigned as an acting lieutenant at a fire house. His attorney says as of Thursday morning, Peden was on paid leave.

Kent Lovern, the chief deputy Milwaukee County district attorney, tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that conflicting witness statements made the case not provable beyond a reasonable doubt.