Former Cottage Grove City Council member Derrick Lehrke was cleared of a domestic assault charge but convicted of disorderly conduct for his actions in an altercation with his wife earlier this year.
Washington County District Court Judge John Hoffman acquitted Lehrke of misdemeanor domestic assault and convicted him of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in connection with the Jan. 29 incident. Hoffman’s conviction order was filed Aug. 19. He decided the case after Lehrke waived his right to a jury trial.
Lehrke will be sentenced for disorderly conduct Oct. 1.
Lehrke and his wife, Autumn Lehrke, a former Washington County Commissioner, were involved in a dispute at their home over who would take care of their then-infant son, according to the criminal complaint.
Autumn Lehrke called 911 that morning to report being head-butted and punched by her husband, but during the court trial in June she testified that she had exaggerated details of what occurred and was emotional when she called police.
The incident occurred just weeks after both Lehrkes left elected office.