Published: Sep 08, 2010 3:54 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 08, 2010 12:54 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former Orlando police officer accused of groping a woman has taken a plea deal.

Brandon Loverde pleaded no contest Tuesday to misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to time-served and agreed to relinquish his Florida law enforcement certification.

Prosecutors dropped charges of false imprisonment and battery.

Police reports say Loverde had been working off-duty in uniform at Club Firestone in Orlando in December 2009 when he escorted a female patron away from the club and squeezed her breast.

Loverde was arrested in January and placed on unpaid leave. He resigned in May.

Loverde's attorney, David Bigney, says Loverde only took the plea deal to protect his family from a public trial. Loverde maintains his innocence.