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Sunday, April 4, 2010

[NY] Albany Officer Schunk arrested for alleged domestic violence this time.

Robert Schunk charged with several crimes related to domestic incident
Times Union
By Brendan J. Lyons
Sunday, April 4, 2010

HALFMOON -- An Albany police officer was suspended early today following his arrest on charges related to a domestic incident involving his girlfriend.

Officer Robert Schunk was arrested by Saratoga County sheriff's deputies over the weekend and charged with criminal mischief, criminal trespass and harassment in connection with an incident at the southern Saratoga County residence of his girlfriend. Schunk, 38, was arraigned in Halfmoon Town Court and released. Details of his allegations against Schunk were not immediately available.

It's the second time in five years that Schunk has been arrested and suspended from duty. In April 2005 he was charged with drunken driving in Albany after he crashed his car into two parked cars on South Allen Street. Initially, Schunk fought the charges, claiming internal affairs officers did not properly read him his rights when he refused to take a blood alcohol test.

His driving privileges were restored by an administrative law judge after officers gave conflicting testimony at a motor vehicle hearing about the circumstances of Schunk's arrest.

Schunk later dropped the court challenge in his criminal case, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving while ability impaired and returned to duty.

Schunk is assigned to the Strategic Deployment Unit, a tactical police unit that aggressively patrols high-crime areas in Albany.

Schunk's arrest on Saturday followed the arrest of his girlfriend, Barbara Waters, 36, of Clifton Park. She was arrested by Albany police on Saturday morning for criminal mischief after allegedly ransacking Schunk's residence in Albany. Police said she damaged a window, computer, picture frames and poured cooking oil throughout Schunk's residence.

It's unclear when Schunk is alleged to have gone to Walters' residence. He was arrested after turning himself into Saratoga County sheriff's deputies on a complaint filed by Walters.

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