Sat, Sep 15, 2012
According the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office, Dagnino’s jury trial was in progress Friday when Dagnino became disruptive and the judge ordered that he be removed from the courtroom.
Court deputies were preparing to remove Dagnino when he allegedly became combative and bit off a large part of an officer’s finger.
“Adrian apparently grabbed a hold of the transport officer’s hand and bit off his, a portion of his small finger – up to the second knuckle,” said Ernest Mendoza of the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators say Dagnino was eventually removed from the courtroom while the injured officer, 63-year-old Michael Sweeney, was transported to a local hospital.
Court records indicate that Dagnino, a Mexican nationalist, was jailed in 2010 after he allegedly raped a 9-year-old girl in Carlsbad. He was found guilty of criminal sexual contact with a minor when his trial resumed on Monday.
Dagnino now faces a possible charge of aggravated battery and deportation back to Mexico after his sentencing.