CRIME

Officer who slapped man in bunny suit cuts deal to keep job

A New Jersey police officer has cut a deal to keep his job after slapping a prankster wearing a bunny suit.

Hopatcong (hoh-PAHT'-kahng) Officer Nicholas Maresca Jr. pleaded guilty to harassment on Monday in municipal court.

NJ.com reports that as part of the plea agreement, the prosecution dropped an assault charge and requested a waiver from a state law that would have required Maresca to resign from his job following a conviction. He also was fined $500.

Both the defense and prosecution say they're pleased with the outcome of the case. Maresca declined to comment.

Kevin Hemmerich (HEM'-er-ik), who wore the bunny costume while repeatedly blowing an air horn inside the police station, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct last month.