Former cop pleads no contest to assault

MONTEREY COUNTY, CA

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Keith Gregrow entered the plea just before his trial was scheduled to begin Monday in Monterey Superior Court, according to the district attorney's office.

Gregrow, who was dismissed from the Long Beach Police Department because of the incident, had been charged with attacking Jesse Perez, a security guard at the Portola Plaza Hotel in Monterey in November 2006, according to the district attorney's office.

Gregrow and his family were at the hotel and about to attend a wedding there when they were asked to remove their young son from a bar in the lobby. Gregrow refused several times to remove his son from the bar, and a scuffle broke out after security was called.

Gregrow struck Perez in the face without provocation, displacing several of the guard's teeth and requiring nine stitches, according to the district attorney's office.

Gregrow had been with Long Beach police for 21 years prior to the incident.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for June 11, according to the district attorney's office.

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