Former NFL kicker Jose Cortez fired as state trooper

Former San Francisco 49ers kicker Jose Cortez has been forced to resign as a member of the Oregon State Police and he has been sentenced to seven days in jail after pleading guilty to official misconduct on the job.

The Oregonian reports that Cortez, 37, is out of a job following an investigation into a March 1 traffic stop in which a woman, under suspicion of driving under the influence, accused Cortez of fondling her during questioning.

Cortez, who had been on the job for six years, will be on probation for a year and he has surrendered his state law enforcement credentials. Under a plea agreement, he was not charged with a sex crime.

Cortez, who played at Oregon State, bounced around the NFL from 1999 to 2005, kicking for seven different teams in the regular season. He made 23 of 32 field goal attempts in 2002 with the San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins.

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