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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

[PA] Police Officer Benner ordered by judge to stay away from wife

...District Judge John Capobianco ordered [Colonial Regional Police Officer] Dean Benner to stay away from Kamett Benner and not to contact her, or go to her home or work.

Is he (or isn't he) ordered to also stay back from their son?

The Morning Call
By Pamela Lehman
August 23, 2011

A veteran officer with Colonial Regional police is on administrative leave after he was charged Friday with assaulting his estranged wife during an argument about custody, according to court records.

Dean Benner, 41, of Lehigh Township is charged with simple assault and harassment, according to court records filed by a detective with the Northampton County district attorney's office. Benner is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.

Benner is on paid leave while an internal investigation is being conducted, Colonial Regional police Chief Roy Seiple said Tuesday. He said Benner – a patrol officer – has been with the department 14 years.

According to court records:

Shortly after 9 a.m. Friday, Nazareth police were called to an apartment at 141 S. New St. Kamett Benner told police that Dean Benner – her estranged husband – was at her home when they argued about custody issues.

Kamett Benner told police they were outside on the porch arguing when she "attempted to walk away from the discussion." She told police that Dean Benner shoved her from behind and she went into the living room.

She said Dean Benner then grabbed her with both hands and "threw" her and she fell backward and injured her back and buttocks when she struck a model truck.

Kamett Benner said she grabbed her 9-year-old son in a "bear hug" to prevent Dean Benner from taking the boy. She said her estranged husband pushed her again and she landed on the sofa with her son.

She said Dean Benner then punched her in the back and grabbed her hair and yanked it back, causing her pain, the record states.

District Judge John Capobianco ordered Dean Benner to stay away from Kamett Benner and not to contact her, or go to her home or work. [LINK]
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