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Published March 19 2012

West Fargo detective who resigned after arrest pleads guilty to disorderly conduct

FARGO – A former West Fargo police officer accused of hitting his girlfriend in the face during a Dec. 14 altercation pleaded guilty Monday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct in Cass County District Court.

Allen Edward Schmidt, 41, pleaded guilty to violating the portion of the state’s disorderly conduct law that prohibits making “unreasonable noise” when he argued with the woman in public in Fargo while he was off duty.

Judge Frank Racek sentenced Schmidt to a year in jail but gave him a deferred imposition of sentence for a period of 120 days, meaning if Schmidt has no further offenses during that time, he won’t serve jail time and the incident will be removed from his public record. Schmidt also must pay $200 in fees.

Schmidt didn’t appear in court. His attorney, Ross Brandborg, said Schmidt, who joined the West Fargo Police Department in 1995 and most recently had worked as a narcotics investigator, had “done a lot for the community over the years.”

Schmidt resigned from the police force on Jan. 3 following his arrest and the subsequent charges. Court records included a claim by his girlfriend that he hated black people and that their dispute was prompted in part by Schmidt allegedly using a racial slur at a rock concert at The Hub in Fargo.

He has since found work related to the oil activity in western North Dakota and hopes to someday return to law enforcement, Brandborg said.