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Saturday, September 6, 2008

[OH] Deputy Rauen allegedly assaulted wife in presence of deputy friends

...Rauen is accused of attacking his wife at his home and then attacking another woman when she came to check on the couple... Witnesses claim several sheriff's deputies were there, but apparently not willing to help...

SHERIFF’S DEPUTY ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Kentucky Enquirer
By Jennifer Baker jbaker@enquirer.com
September 5, 2008
A Hamilton County Sheriff’s deputy faces a jury trial next week on charges of domestic violence, assault and obstruction of official business. Nicholas Rauen, 27, of Colerain Township, was charged May 11 after sheriff’s deputies were called to his home for a report of domestic violence, Hamilton County court records show. The jail guard is free on $6,000 bond. Rauen is accused of attacking his wife at his home and then attacking another woman when she came to check on the couple. His wife told authorities he threw her against a wall and onto a bed. Then, she said, he climbed on top of her, shook her and yelled at her. The other woman said she asked Rauen to listen to her but “he flipped out.” She told authorities he threw her to the floor, bruising her arm and elbow. When deputies arrived, he kicked the door shut and locked it, records state. Once they got inside by using a spare key, records state Rauen refused to show officers his hands and had to be threatened with a Taser to comply. Rauen and his lawyer, Steven Halper of Blue Ash, have filed court documents maintaining the deputies who arrested him were at fault. An anonymous person called 911 to report the alleged domestic violence situation, Rauen and Halper state. That person refused to identify himself and did not provide enough information to justify a search of Rauen’s home, they say. Halper said he is hopeful the matter will be resolved in court on Tuesday. Rauen and his wife are still together, and a protection order originally granted in the case has been dropped because his wife never wanted it, Halper said. The couple did argue, but the rest of the matter is a misunderstanding, he said. The argument broke out at Rauen’s home after Rauen, his wife and other deputies had been at the wedding of another deputy. Halper said the deputies were all outside when two other deputies from the sheriff's department arrived to investigate after receiving the 911 call... Rauen’s trial begins Tuesday in Hamilton County Municipal Court. [Full article here]

DEPUTY CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
WKRC TV Cincinnati, OH
9/05/08
...Witnesses claim several sheriff's deputies were there, but apparently not willing to help. Two Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies responded... Rauen says those fellow deputies were wrong for entering his house without a warrant, and the caller failed to provide information to justify an arrest. Local 12's Shawn Ley asked Sheriff Simon Leis for an interview to ask about the charges facing one deputy and if other deputies of his were at that party and failed to step in to help. Local 12 was told the sheriff doesn't comment on pending criminal cases. Meantime, deputy Rauen is only charged, not convicted . He's still on duty with the sheriff's office, guarding inmates at the jail. If found guilty, he faces punishment of a reprimand to termination. [Full article here]

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