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OAK CREEK, Colo. (AP) - An Oak Creek Town Board member says he was the victim of a false accusation after hate crime charges stemming from a dispute were dropped.

Bernard Gagne Jr. said in a statement Thursday it was an easy accusation to make and a hard accusation to dismiss.

According to Steamboat Today, Gagne was arrested in September following an altercation and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment.

He was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation, 48 hours of community service and $570 in fines and court costs.

According to authorities, a 17-year-old boy said he was threatened while leaving a store and alleged racial threats were made after Gagne hit him.