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Portland Police officer sentenced in harassment case

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Portland Police officer pleaded guilty in Clark County court to reduced charges and has been sentenced in a harassment case that resulted from an incident more than one year ago.

Officer James Botaitis was accused of breaking into his estranged wife's apartment in October 2011 and threatening to kill her boyfriend, David Bacus. Botaitis and his wife were in the process of divorcing at the time. They have a son together who was seven when the incident occurred.

Public records show Bacus is a registered sex offender, convicted of child rape in 1999. Court orders bar Bacus from having any contact with Botaitis' son.

Botaitis pleaded guilty Thursday to possession of a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor harassment charges. He was sentenced to two years of formal probation and 15 days of community service.

Additional counts of burglary and assault were dropped as part of the plea deal.

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