Moffat County deputy arrested for domestic violence

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— A Moffat County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested Wednesday for alleged domestic violence that took place while the deputy was off duty Tuesday.

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Moffat County Sheriff's Deputy David Domeny

Deputy David Domeny, of Dinosaur, is in custody and under investigation for reportedly causing property damage and verbally abusing his wife, who works as a dispatcher for Rangely Police Department, Moffat County Sheriff Tim Jantz said.

The Craig Police Department is investigating the incident for the Moffat County Sheriff’s Office in order to avoid a conflict of interest within the Sheriff’s Office, Jantz said.

The Craig Police Department also filed charges of child abuse against Domeny because the couple's 13-year-old child was in the home when the confrontation happened, Jantz said.

No physical abuse was reported, Jantz said.

Although Domeny’s wife was not physically hurt, the law enforcement agencies still take the charges very seriously, he said.

“This could be a precursor to future events,” Jantz said. “That’s why law enforcement has to be proactive on domestic violence cases.”

Jantz highlighted that due process was followed in how the incident was handled by law enforcement agencies.

“They did due diligence to contact my office immediately. The chain of events follow proper protocol,” he said.

Domeny has been placed on unpaid administrative leave, and an internal investigation into the alleged incident is underway, according to a Moffat County Sheriff’s Office news release.

Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.

Comments

Colette Durst 4 months ago

It is great to see law enforcement take domestic violence seriously even when the situation involves one of their own. The New York Times recently wrote a very interesting story of how law enforcement "protects its own" when it comes to domestic abuse (see .http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/two-gunshots/). Emotional and verbal abuse can cause as much and sometimes even more damage than physical abuse.

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rhys jones 4 months ago

This time it involved two of their own. Advantage negated. My friends are as big as yours are.

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