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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

[UT] Officer Spencer gets a "DEAL" after beating wife and 5 y.o. step-daughter

In exchange for Spencer's guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed a third-degree felony count of domestic violence in the presence of a child and a class B misdemeanor count of damaging a communication device.

Previous entry: [UT] Accused family menace, Sgt. Spencer

May 2007 video *here*: The faces of the victims - Spencer's wife and stepdaughter - are all purple and blue. They couldn't call for help because Spencer "allegedly" broke the phone. Police say they are treating this case like any other.

November 2007 video *here*: He slammed wife's head into floor several times and when his five year old stepdaughter tried to help her mother, Spencer grabbed her & also slammed her head into the floor several times. Mother of Spencer's wife: "My grandaughter is terribly afraid of any police officers that she comes across."

Ex-police officer agrees on plea deal for assault
Deseret News, UT
Feb. 18, 2008
A former Centerville police officer facing domestic violence and child abuse charges has struck a plea deal with prosecutors. John Spencer, 43, pleaded guilty in 2nd District Court Feb. 11 to charges of child abuse and aggravated assault, both third-degree felonies. In exchange, Davis County prosecutors dropped charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child and interrupting a communications device. Spencer was arrested last year when Layton police investigated a family fight after a woman showed up at a Salt Lake City hospital, claiming she and her 5-year-old daughter suffered bruises and cuts. Spencer later resigned from the Centerville Police Department. He is scheduled to be sentenced March 31.

Officer strikes deal in family assault case
For the Record
The Salt Lake Tribune
A Centerville police officer accused of beating his wife and 5-year-old daughter at their Layton home last year, resolved the case Monday with a plea deal. John F. Spencer, 43, pleaded guilty to third-degree felony counts of child abuse and aggravated assault for the May 26 episode.
Spencer struck his wife and choked her, and also grabbed the 5-year-old by the hair and banged her head into the floor, according to a police report. In exchange for Spencer's guilty pleas, prosecutors dismissed a third-degree felony count of domestic violence in the presence of a child and a class B misdemeanor count of damaging a communication device.
He faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced March 31 by 2nd District Judge Jon Memmot.


  1. Judge sends former police officer for diagnostic evaluation before sentencing
    By Linda Thomson
    Deseret Morning News
    March 31, 2008 1:38 p.m. MDT

    FARMINGTON — Second District Judge Jon Memmott ordered that a former police officer get a diagnostic evaluation at the prison before the man is sentenced on charges of aggravated assault and child abuse.

    John Spencer is a former Centerville police officer who resigned from the department after the May 26 incident. He has lost his credentials to be a law enforcement official.

    As part of a plea bargain, he previously pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and child abuse, both third-degree felonies, in connection with an altercation involving his wife and 5-year-old daughter. Layton police investigated the case after the woman and child turned up at a Salt Lake City hospital with bruises and cuts.

    Charges of domestic violence in the presence of a child and interrupting a communications device were dropped as part of the plea deal.

    Spencer, 43. was scheduled to be sentenced Monday, but the judge said information provided to the court from counselors was "very cursory" and did not provide insight into whether this situation involved a one-time offense or whether Spencer has a "deeper problem with long-term consequences."

    "A lot of things appear to the court to be missing," Memmott said.

    Several relatives of both Spencer and his wife showed up at Monday's hearing, but prosecutor William McGuire told the judge he would explain to family members more fully why the delay occurred and that they will have an opportunity to address the court when Spencer is actually sentenced.

    Defense attorney Gregory Skordas asked the judge if Spencer, who is out on $75,000 bail, could check into the diagnostic unit on April 4, and Memmott agreed.

    E-mail: lindat@desnews.com


  2. Released Monday 12-15-08... Gotta pay that child support, and so he can marry his new fiancé, number 8 she is...

  3. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    Is John really marrying/married to number 8? I am so very grateful I didn't end up one of his numbers. He is a very handsome and charming man and it was difficult for me to turn him down... however... I just had a "feeling"... thank the good Lord.

  4. AnonymousJuly 08, 2011

    Are 1 through 7 alive and accounted for?

  5. BAD COPS RECEIVE A GOOD CLEANING: Police board did double duty to reprimand officers in ongoing cases
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    By Nate Carlisle
    Published March 25, 2008 12:41 Am
    [Excerpts] ST. GEORGE - In what might be the largest docket in its history, the state's police board Monday booted or disciplined more than 30 peace officers accused of wrongdoing... current or former peace officers disciplined Monday were: CENTERVILLE POLICE: John F. Spencer, revoked for felony convictions of child abuse and assault... UTAH HIGHWAY PATROL: John C. Ellis, revoked for criminal trespass... SOUTH OGDEN: Stuart J. Ford, revoked for domestic violence... UTAH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Troy W. Abplanalp, revoked for conviction of making threats with a weapon... TOOELE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE: Elizabeth M. Miller, revoked for custodial sexual misconduct... SALT LAKE CITY POLICE: Roger J. Nielson, revoked for sexual misconduct; Cortney C. Haggerty, four-year suspension for drug use... UTAH DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: Stephen A. Gray, revoked for custodial sexual misconduct; Katie C. Schofield, revoked for custodial sexual misconduct; Robert W. Crozier, revoked for sexual misconduct using a state computer;... David A. Goodrich, 9-month suspension for pattern of misconduct... [Full article here]

  6. I believe 1 through 7 are all alive probaby just traumatized. Thank goodness for those who do their research before dating a guy!


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