The former director of Nevada's most well known domestic violence shelter, Shade Tree, was found not guilty on charges that he battering his own girlfriend on Thursday, June 8, 2017. Las Vegas Metro Police had arrested and charged the 37-year-old defendant with misdemeanor domestic violence back on March 5 after he allegedly had attacked his live-in girlfriend.
According to the police report in the case, the woman allegedly slapped the man after arguing about how he had spoken to her. At the time, the woman reportedly told responding officers that he said he had been waiting for an opportunity to attack her. He then jumped on top of her and began beating her all about her body.
In speaking with the defendant at his home, police noted that the man had what appeared to be a cut inside his mouth. Police reported that this type of injury is consistent with someone having been slapped.
After speaking with the man, officers turned to speak with the man's girlfriend, they noted that she had contusions on her face. She also had a noticeable cut on her chest that had begun bleeding. Officers took the woman's injuries as evidence that her boyfriend had been the aggressor in the altercation and arrested him on suspicion of having committed domestic battery. No charges were filed against the woman in the case.
The man was initially suspended from his role as Director of Programs and Education at Shade Tree after he was arrested and charged with domestic violence. It's unclear if he will be able to return to his job now that he has been acquitted of all charges.
Being charged with domestic violence can greatly impact your livelihood. It can influence a judge to approve a restraining order request that prevents you from communicating with your victim. It can greatly impact divorce and custody decisions as well.
If your marriage has involved domestic violence, then you may benefit from speaking with a Las Vegas divorce attorney who can tell you the impact that might have in your legal case.
Source: Las Vegas Sun, "Shade Tree program director found not guilty of domestic battery," Ricardo Torres-Cortez, June 08, 2017