The former lead investigator in the attempted kidnapping case of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer pleaded no contest to charges that he beat his wife.
Former FBI agent Richard Trask, who was the public face of the case before being fired from the bureau in July, entered the plea to a misdemeanor offense in Kalamazoo County's 9th Circuit Court on Monday, though the Detroit Times noted that it is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such for sentencing.
Judge Gary Giguere sentenced him to time served, after Trask got credit for two days in jail, and to pay court costs.
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Trask, 39, was fired from the FBI in September after an affidavit in July described an alleged incident that left his wife bleeding heavily and with bruises around her neck. The beating allegedly took place at their home following a night out that may have included a swinger party.
In a statement to the court, Trask's wife said he may have been drugged with a date rape drug.
“This man has served and protected you for the past 20 years, and the prosecution has chosen to crucify him unnecessarily,” she said.
Trask said he cannot remember much about the night.
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“I cannot recall any details of the night, but I do take responsibility,” he said. “As a result of this situation, I’ve lost the only career I’ve ever known.”
Federal prosecutors said before Trask was fired that they would not call on him to testify at the trial for the alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot conspirators after his anti-Trump social media posts came to light.