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No-contact order lifted by judge in domestic assault case involving Clear Lake police officer

CLEAR LAKE – A judge has lifted the no-contact order that was earlier imposed on a Clear Lake police officer who is facing a domestic assault charge.

On Thursday, December 1, 2016, the Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Office investigated a reported domestic assault incident that occurred in Clear Lake. As a result of the investigation, Ryan Ray Eskildsen, age 36 of Clear Lake, was arrested and charged with Serious Misdemeanor Domestic Assault.

Mr. Eskildsen is a police officer employed with the Clear Lake Police Department serving in that capacity since October 2002. He was soon released from jail and a no-contact order was placed against Eskildsen, who has reportedly been on paid administrative leave since the incident.

On January 11, Eskildsen and his lawyer, Rich Piscopo, entered a not-guilty plea. Court records indicate his defense in the alleged altercation will be a claim of self defense. On January 20, 2017, Judge Karen Salic lifted the no-contact order between Mr. Eskildsen and the protected party.

A jury trial remains scheduled for March 28, 2017. A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 13.

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