UNCC officer ordered to do community service after contempt charge

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

A University of North Carolina at Charlotte police officer had to go before a judge Friday morning to answer a contempt charge after the officer admitted to lying on the witness stand during a DWI hearing last week.

The officer learned that she will not go to jail, but she will have to do 50 hours of community service.

Officer Kim Church was in uniform when she came to court with her attorney on Monday.  She was not in uniform Friday when she tearfully apologized to everyone involved for what she called the “worst mistake” she had ever made.

She had denied on the witness stand scribbling a note in court saying, "how long do we have to listen to this BS?" while she was waiting for a DWI trial to start.

She was scheduled to be a witness in that case, which is now on hold.

She said Friday she knew it was wrong and she hoped it would go away.

Friday morning, a judge told her that one bad decision could impact the rest of her life.

He suspended her 10-day jail sentence but ordered her to do the community service and pay the cost of transcripts for the hearing.

Church did not want to say anything to Eyewitness News afterward.