Victims of road rage incident suing former Schenectady cop after plea deal

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SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – A Schenectady police officer, who was forced to retire after pleading guilty to two counts of menacing, is now facing a lawsuit.   

John Hotaling, 46, is accused of pointing a gun at Jeff Arnow and his grandson during a road rage incident in 2013.

Hotaling pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges in July month. However, Arnow has recently filed a lawsuit alleging the incident amounted to negligence and caused him and his grandson emotional distress. 

According to the complaint, the plaintiff is seeking unspecified compensation.

Hotaling’s plea deal had many saying that they felt he got off easy. In the deal, Hotaling must be evaluated by a licensed anger management psychologist or psychiatrist and enroll in whatever treatment plan is prescribed. He must also complete 25 hours of community service at a location determined by the court, remain arrest free for the next six months, and surrender any and all firearms. There is also an order of protection in place for the victims. 

The former officer is still entitled to his pension and if he stays out of trouble for six months, the case will be sealed and dismissed. 

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