[Cop on cop: Teresa Tilton, then a corrections officer at the Washington County Jail.]
News and Sentinel
December 26, 2008
MARIETTA Authorities early Christmas morning charged a former Washington County deputy sheriff with domestic violence, the sheriff said Thursday. Mark Tilton was caught around 1 a.m. in the woods near his home on Ohio 60, Lowell, Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said. The department received a 911 hang up call around midnight Christmas Eve from the Tilton home at 12622 State Route 60 where investigators interviewed Teresa Tilton, Tilton's wife, the department said. She said her husband was intoxicated and there was an argument where he punched her in the face, then fled, the department said. Mrs. Tilton had an open and bleeding cut on the bridge of her nose, the department said. Tilton, 40, was caught in the woods by deputies after being tracked by a department search dog, the department said. He was charged with domestic violence and resisting arrest and taken to the Washington County Jail where he was lodged in lieu of bond, the department said. Tilton was a detective with the sheriff's office. He resigned in April in return for the dismissal of domestic violence charges against him and was also acquitted this summer of assaulting a Lowell man after a card game. [LINK]
ARTICLES FROM EARLER THIS YEAR
...TERESA TILTON FIRST SAID SHE WAS INJURED IN A FALL, BUT THE COUPLE’S CHILDREN SAID THE WOMAN WAS INJURED DAYS EARLIER IN A FIGHT WITH THEIR FATHER... TERESA TILTON LATER ADMITTED SHE HAD BEEN HIT IN THE FACE AND KICKED BY HER HUSBAND...
Detective released from jail
By Brad Bauer, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 20, 2008
[Excerpts] A Washington County sheriff’s detective facing domestic violence charges was released from jail Tuesday during an arraignment in Marietta Municipal Court. Mark Tilton, 39, of Lowell was charged early Monday with assaulting his wife, Teresa Tilton, 38, after an argument at their home. Tilton has pleaded not guilty, and a March 11 pretrial is scheduled... The investigation began after Tilton’s wife was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital late Sunday. Teresa Tilton first said she was injured in a fall, but the couple’s children said the woman was injured days earlier in a fight with their father... “(One of the children) stated the two argued, entered a bedroom and later she heard a loud thump and what sounded like a struggle,” Parks wrote in his report. “At that point the witness entered the bedroom and found Tilton on top of his wife positioned in a fighting manner and pulling the victim’s hair.” Parks said Teresa Tilton later admitted she had been hit in the face and kicked by her husband... [Full article here]
Comment by Doriza on newsite
02-20-08 10:13 PM
I am the Aunt of Teresa Tilton and saw the artical of the abuse. I now hear that the husband has gotten a court order to take the three girls away from Teresa Tilton, there mother. I do not understand why. After all, Mark Tilton has threaten the oldest girl for tell what she knows and on the last call that was made to the Tilton's home, he through the oldest girl to the wall for trying to stop the abuse. What is wrong with the system? One judge put this court order to him to stay away and he (Mark Tilton) went and got another judge to let him take his girls away from there mother, what will happen to the girls. Mark Tilton is an abusive person and he can hurt these girls for what they have told the police. Please protect the children.
LESS THAN THREE DAYS AFTER HE WAS CHARGED WITH DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S DETECTIVE MARK TILTON WAS GRANTED CUSTODY OF HIS THREE CHILDREN... MARK TILTON SAID HIS WIFE FABRICATED THE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACCUSATION IN ORDER TO PUT HIS CAREER AND LIVELIHOOD IN JEOPARDY...
Deputy refutes charges
Judge grants him custody of young children
By Brad Bauer, email@example.com
February 22, 2008
[Excerpts] Less than three days after he was charged with domestic violence, Washington County sheriff’s Detective Mark Tilton was granted custody of his three children late Wednesday. Tilton, 39, of Lowell, fired back in court late Wednesday, alleging his wife was the aggressor and asking Washington County Common Pleas Court Judge Ed Lane to grant him emergency custody of their children. During an emergency hearing late Wednesday in Lane’s courtroom, attorneys representing Tilton said his wife, Teresa Tilton, 38, is mentally and physically abusive. Mark Tilton said his wife fabricated the domestic violence accusation in order to put his career and livelihood in jeopardy. A conviction could cost him his jobs with the sheriff’s office and the military. Mark Tilton’s attorney, Bill Burton, said there is no merit to the domestic violence charges filed against the officer earlier this week. “There’s zero merit. It absolutely didn’t happen,” Burton said. “In fact, the evidence we presented (in Lane’s court) was overwhelming the other way.” Burton said Teresa Tilton came home drunk Sunday night and fell on a deck outside the couple’s home. He said her 20-year-old daughter from a previous relationship found her there and called police. According to statements filed in the domestic violence case, Teresa Tilton alleged she was hit and kicked by her husband. The incident was allegedly stopped by the 20-year-old stepdaughter. “(One of the children) stated the two argued, entered a bedroom and later she heard a loud thump and what sounded like a struggle,” sheriff’s Deputy Scott Parks wrote in his report. “At that point, the witness entered the bedroom and found Tilton on top of his wife positioned in a fighting manner and pulling the victim’s hair.” Teresa Tilton first told officers she was injured in a fall, but her story changed after the 20-year-old told officers she was injured days earlier. At the conclusion of the Wednesday hearing, Lane granted the detective a temporary civil protection order, custody of the couple’s three children (ages 8, 11 and 14) and rights to the family home. Teresa Tilton was not at the hearing and will have an opportunity to respond to the allegations during a full hearing set for Feb. 28. [Full article here]
POLICE OFFICER INVOLVED PERPETRATED DOMESTIC VIOLENCE LAW ENFORCEMENT DEPUTY SHERIFF DEPARTMENT CUSTODY CHILDREN