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Former Hudson dentist reaches plea deal in phone harassment case

The former Hudson dentist facing ongoing scrutiny for his dental practices pleaded no contest this week to two misdemeanor crimes, though a plea agreement allows for the charges to be dropped after a year.

Andy Mancini, former proprietor of La Petite Dentistry entered pleas to two counts of telephone harassment Tuesday, June 19, as part of a plea deal. An agreement he signed at the hearing calls for him to spend 12 months in a diversion program requiring him to remain law abiding, to be enrolled in counseling, to have no contact with his accuser and to attend a St. Croix Valley Restorative Justice session.

In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the telephone harassment charges after the diversion agreement is complete. A third telephone harassment charge and one count of obstructing an officer were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

His accuser, Hudson resident Rachel Anderson, said she was lukewarm with the resolution, but said said she’s satisfied with the provisions in place during the diversion period.

“He’s faced the music, I guess,” Anderson said, referring to allegations that surfaced against him in other legal matters.

Mancini, who is accused in Minnesota and Wisconsin lawsuits of malpractice and Medicaid fraud, folded his practice and surrendered his license amid investigations into allegations he performed violations including unnecessary tooth extractions, unnecessary caps placed on teeth and improper anesthetic treatment.

He has also sued Anderson in St. Croix County Circuit Court, alleging she filed a false sexual harassment report against him. That case remains open.

A message left for Chris Anderson, Mancini’s attorney in the criminal case, was not returned. His lawyers have previously declined to comment on Mancini’s cases.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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