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Police officer admits dealing drugs, assaulting patient

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A Paterson police officer has admitted to dealing drugs, including some he stole from a crime scene while on duty, and taking part in the unrelated assault of a hospital patient.

Ruben McAusland pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing drugs with the intent to distribute and depriving the patient of his civil rights.

The Paterson officer faces several decades in prison when he's sentenced Oct. 9.

According to federal prosecutors, McAusland distributed heroin, crack cocaine, powder cocaine and marijuana on multiple occasions to someone who was cooperating with law enforcement.

Authorities say McAusland and another Paterson officer, Roger Then, both attacked a patient in a hospital.

The man had an eye injury that required surgery.

Then is also facing charges in connection with the assaults.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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