A Des Moines police officer who was accused of domestic abuse but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge was fired from the department Tuesday, officials said.
Senior Police Officer Cody Grimes was fired because he violated the department’s policies on standards of conduct and obedience to laws and orders, Des Moines Police Sgt. Jason Halifax said.
Grimes, 33, was arrested Dec. 27 and charged with domestic assault causing injury and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Police said he threw his ex-girlfriend down the stairs of his home after the woman let herself in to collect Christmas decorations and the two argued.
Grimes was placed on paid administrative leave and has not worked since, authorities said.
Grimes had been with the department nearly seven years.
On May 21, the day his trial was set to begin, Grimes pleaded guilty to fourth-degree criminal mischief and prosecutors dropped the domestic abuse charge, according to court records.
Grimes has 14 days to appeal his termination.