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Northampton Nurse Agrees to Deal in Assault Case

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A former nurse at a Northampton hospital charged with assaulting a patient has pleaded to sufficient facts in the case, even though he maintains his innocence.

Steven Coughlin on Thursday submitted to facts sufficient for a guilty finding on a charge of assault and battery.

The 27-year-old Coughlin was sentenced to six months of unsupervised probation. If he avoids further legal trouble during that time, the case will be dismissed.

Coughlin was fired by Cooley Dickinson Hospital in August after allegedly shoving a patient’s head into a metal sink after the patient became belligerent.

Coughlin said the patient fell.

Coughlin told The Daily Hampshire Gazette that based on the expected testimony of witnesses, which he claims is incorrect, accepting the deal seemed the best way to resolve the matter.

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Information from: Daily Hampshire Gazette (Northampton, Mass.), http://www.gazettenet.com