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Cottonwood police detective accused of domestic violence back to work in ‘administrative role’

Cottonwood Police detective Cody James Delafuente

Cottonwood Police detective Cody James Delafuente

COTTONWOOD — A Cottonwood police detective facing domestic violence charges is working again with Cottonwood PD after being placed on administrative leave.

Cody Delafuente returned to work on Monday, Jan. 7, in an “administrative role” assisting the records department, said Cottonwood Police Chief Steve Gesell.

Delafuente was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of assault, one count of kidnapping and one count of preventing use of a telephone during an emergency, court records show. He entered a not-guilty plea on Nov. 6. He was arrested Oct. 24 following an investigation of a domestic disturbance in Clarkdale, according to Clarkdale Police Sgt. Nicole Florisi. The incident occurred at the Mountain Gate subdivision, Florisi said.

A 72-page police report obtained by The Verde Independent through an Arizona Public Records request details the allegations of Delafuente being violent toward his wife.

In December, the defense in Delafuente’s case requested an extension to file a motion to have the case sent back to the grand jury.

Delafuente is out of custody on a $2,500 bond.

“I considered the facts known at this juncture and we felt comfortable bringing him back in this capacity rather than leaving him on paid admin leave during the protracted period,” Gesell said.

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