Brunner found guilty of reduced charge

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
— George Brunner, former Janesville police chief and city council president, will pay $330.50 in fines and court fees after being found guilty of violating a Rock County disorderly conduct ordinance.

Brunner, 71, of 2423 Stonefield Lane, Janesville, last week pleaded no contest to the disorderly conduct charge. The charge March 7 was reduced as part of an agreement with the Rock County District Attorney’s Office, said Brunner’s attorney, Scott McCarthy.

Brunner had agreed to participate in a deferred prosecution program, and if he completed the program the district attorney’s office had agreed to drop the charges of resisting and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, McCarthy said.

Brunner was accepted into the Dane County Deferred Prosecution Program, where it was expected he could participate more anonymously than in Rock County, McCarthy said.

However, the Dane County program required multiple trips to Madison over an extended period of time. Brunner is has health problems that make that much travel difficult, so Brunner agreed to the amended disorderly conduct charge instead, McCarthy said.

Brunner was arrested Nov. 4 after police were called to his home to assist a child protective services worker. The worker took the child into protective custody after a dispute among adults in the home, according to the criminal compliant.

Brunner is accused of shoving a Janesville police officer during the incident and then struggling with officers while they arrested him.

Brunner resigned from the city council Nov. 9.

Last updated: 7:57 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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