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Split verdict for ex-cop accused of fondling child

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HACKENSACK, N.J. (AP) -

A former northern New Jersey police officer has been acquitted of child sexual assault charges but convicted of child endangerment.

Jeffrey Kimmel, 49, faces up to 10 years in prison following his conviction on Monday, the Record reported. Kimmel was a patrol officer with the Ramsey police department.

During the trial, prosecutors said Kimmel fondled a 6-year-old girl in a relative's home in 2010. But the defense claimed the girl's "sketchy memory meant Kimmel should be acquitted on both counts.

Kimmel was convicted of stealing more than $110,000 from his police union while he served as its treasurer. He received a six-year sentence but was freed on parole after serving seven months.

His parole may be revoked due to the child endangerment conviction, authorities said.

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