AFTERNOON UPDATE * SHOULDN’T WE FIND OUT?

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ALIBI DEFENSE?

     Writing about fired Lancaster City Officer Damon Bronstetter this morning reminded me of fired East Earl Township officer Christopher Young. He is charged with sexual assault, stalking and simple assault.
     It has horrific details and the case has a twist – Young tried to sue the victim’s mother for defamation of character because she reported his behavior to his chief (see above and the original with the suit and a link to the LNP article is here).
     According to his docket, he was scheduled to have a status conference on September 26th – but what really caught my eye is below: On August 5th his attorney, Eric Michael Gibson of Wyomissing, notified the court he wIll be using an alibi defense (click here for his full docket).     What in the world? An alibi defense? I will continue to follow this case!

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A COP WHO BEATS
WOMEN & ANIMALS?

    

Posted on the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Facebook page under their link to the CrimeWatch entry, “Former Police Officer Admits, is Sentenced for Abuse of Puppy,” (click here).
 
        Judge David Ashworth threw everything at Damon Bronstetter except jail time for his abuse of a puppy (the German Shepard he beat is pictured left and is taken from his then girlfriend’s Facebook page).
      And Bronstetter is charged with two counts of simple assault against his then girlfriend and that case is pending.
     Will Bronstetter do any jail time? His bail was  $10,000 unsecured for the animal abuse charge and he is currently free on $25,000 unsecured bail for the two assault charges.
      Ashley Gaston (pictured above) already spent four months in jail for kicking her dog after it allegedly tried to bite her son. Her bail was initially set at $50,000 cash. Her case is also pending.
     The below is a portion of the DA’s press release linked to above:
     Lancaster County Judge David Ashworth sentenced Bronstetter to two years of probation, 100 hours of community service, and ordered that he undergo a mental health evaluation and treatment.
     Bronstetter also is banned from having a pet during the period of supervision.
     Assistant District Attorney Alex Egner said in court that Bronstetter struck his 10-month old German Shepherd with a piece of wood, causing bleeding and a tear in the dog’s fur.
     …Bronstetter also has a pending simple assault case regarding an alleged assault against a woman last year. That case is tentatively scheduled for trial later this year. Bronstetter is presumed innocent in that case.
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WHERE HAS COMPASSION GONE?

 

     Perhaps Leilany Tran, the new police social worker, could begin with Ana Brito, charged with assaulting her 22-year-old autistic son. The police were very quick to respond and arrest Brito following an online video showing her punching her son (see the post immediately below on this site for the video and a link to the police press release).
     The huge majority of the comments were, “She should be punched in the face,” which of course, would land that puncher in court. There were a few commenters who said this woman may be overwhelmed and need help.
     Is Brito a serial abuser or an overwhelmed woman who could use some help and compassion? Shouldn’t we find out?
Please check back later today.

14 Responses to AFTERNOON UPDATE * SHOULDN’T WE FIND OUT?

  1. Terry G. says:

    Thanks for the follow up on former Officer Young. Hoping justice is served.

  2. anonymous says:

    What happened with ray corll?

  3. Old & Canadian says:

    We are all looking for a few good men in a uniform but the city appears to hire crazy looking white boys with zero sex appeal. No wonder everyone is hurting each other. The days of sexy in a uniform are long gone.

    Becky, where have all the good looking men gone?!?!?!?!!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I’m sure that Bronstetter will make a fine prison guard at LCP.

  5. Fed Up Courthouse Insider says:

    CHECK OUT TODAY’S FRONT PAGE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER ABOUT WHO IS WATCHING POLICE. IN LANCASTER COUNTY, IT IS CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN! THAT IS WHY HE HAS THE UNWAVERING SUPPORT OF POLICE CHIEFS IN LANCASTER COUNTY. ***AS A JUDGE, HE WILL LET POLICE AND PROSECUTORS GET AWAY WITH ALL OF THE MISCONDUCT HE HAS TAUGHT THEM – AND VICE VERSA. IT WILL ONLY GET WORSE!!!***
    CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN IS AS DIRTY OF A COP AS EVER EXISTED. HE MANGLED THE LAW IN THE CASE MENTIONED HERE – AS HE DOES EVERY OTHER TO PROTECT HIMSELF AND HIS FRIENDS AND DO “FAVORS”. … POLITICAL FAVORS! HE IS AS BAD AS DONALD TRUMP MULTIPLIED BY ONE THOUSAND.
    HE HAS SPENT THE PAST TWO YEARS WASTING TAXPAYER MONEY AND SPENDING IT ON SILENCING HIS CRITICS AND ELIMINATING HIS COMPETITION FOR JUDGE. THAT INCLUDES SUING COUNTY COMMISSIONERS FOR ALLEGED SLANDER, DRAGGING HIS FORMER OPPONENT FOR A SEAT ON THE BENCH – THE HON. JAYNE DUNCAN – THROUGH THE COURTS, FALSELY CLAIMING SHE WAS THE SUBJECT OF A “CRIMINAL” INVESTIGATION, PAYING FOR OUT OF TOWN PROSECUTORS AND JUDGES TO HELP HIM PUT ON THE CHARADE, AND EVENTUALLY LOSING IN THE PA SUPREME COURT – WHICH ALL LAWYERS AND JUDGES KNEW HE WOULD.
    DEMOCRATS WILL VOTE FOR GREGORY PAULSON FOR JUDGE IN NOVEMBER. PAULSON IS HONEST, ETHICAL AND FAIR. THOSE CONCERNED THAT PAULSON WILL BE FORCED TO RETIRE MID-TERM KNOW THAT ONE YEAR OF HIM IS BETTER THAN A LIFETIME OF CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN.
    ***REPUBLICANS WHO VOTES ALONG PARTY LINES, MUST WRITE IN ANY NAME ON THE BALLOT OTHER THAN CRAIG STEDMAN.*** OTHERWISE, CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN WILL WIN BY ONE VOTE, OR DEFAULT, AND THE POLICE AND PROSECUTORIAL CORRUPTION THAT HAS MARKED LANCASTER COUNTY FOR THE PAST TEN YEARS WILL CONTINUE TO FLORUISH AND INCREASE. IT WILL NOT GET “BETTER” IF CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN BECOMES A JUDGE.
    THE QUALIFICATION FOR JUDGE ARE FAIRNESS – HONESTY – ETHICS – INTEGRITY. CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN IS RUNNING ON HIS “RECORD” OF 28-YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR. THAT IS NOT THE EXPERIENCE NEEDED TO BE A FAIR AND JUDICIOUS JUDGE ON THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS. HE HAD HIS STAFF SIGN UNCONSTITUTIONAL NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS RIGHT BEFORE HE FEARED AN OFFICIAL INQUIRY INTO HIS CORRUPT, ILLEGAL PRACTICES. THAT WILL NOT STOP US FROM SPEAKING OUT – OR UNDER OATH. CORRUPT CRAIG STEADMAN IS A “FEARMONGER’ AS A BOSS AND A PROSECUTOR, ACCORDING TO THE AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION.
    VOTE FOR ANYONE BUT CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN. HE IS COUNTING ON VOTERS NOT UNDERSTANDING THAT LEAVING THAT SECTION OF THE BALLOT BLANK IS A VOTE FOR HIM!! HE IS TAKING THAT TO THE BANK. DO NOT LET CORRUPT CRAIG STEDMAN REMAIN IN OFFICE IN ANY CAPACITY – ESPECIALLY NOT AS A JUDGE. HE IS THE ENTIRE REASON POLICE, PROSECUTORS, AND THE COURTS OF LANCASTER COUNTY ARE CORRUPT, MAJOR CRIMES GO “UNSOLVED”, PUPPY MILLS CONTINUE TO EXPAND AND GROW, INNOCENT PEOPLE GO TO JAIL WHILE KILLERS WALK, TAXPAYER MONEY IS WASTED PROMOTING HIS OUTDATED POLICIES, AND EMPLOYEES OF THE COURTHOUSE HATE HIM, BUT ARE AFRAID TO SPEAK OUT. HE MUST GO!!!!
    (Becky…PLEASE do not publish my email address – left here for confirmation)

  6. Anonymous says:

    I was wondering if the autistic guy has a worker also. Some parents are different and dont want others in their homes, in their business, etc. She clearly is overwhelmed. She may also be the only provider and afraid of losing her job. She was speaking spanish maybe she doesnt know where to go to get a worker also. Its weird that no one enforced her to get him a worker. He looks like an adult. People assume autistic children are cash cows and their parents automatically know how and where to go to get help but different cultures and language barrier is way more complicated then what some believe. That is so sad. It almost looks as if shes smiling like she has no problem with what she did in the pic. I hope that wasnt her mug shot.

  7. huh? says:

    That pipsqueak is a FORMER cop?? A kiddie cop maybe?

    • Becky says:

      I agree with the commenter that the screening process should be investigated. Lanc. City has not had good results from whatever they are doing. This guy and the two fairly new recruits the subjects of two federal lawsuits for excessive force (one settled for $30,000).

      • Anonymous says:

        How can you have a screening process when there are barely any applicants to screen in the first place?

        Whether its warranted or not, police have been receiving very significant negative media attention for a number of years. This has the result of severely reducing the number of highly qualified and ethical applicants. Lancaster then deals with the problem of why work for the city, when you can get paid more and have an easier job in the suburbs.

    • Anonymous says:

      That blank stare is the same look and feel you get while dealing with him. Hes creepy. I dont understand how anyone didnt notice during hiring process. He also did look like a kid in uniform. A better screening process is needed. Its always been needed for Lancaster.

  8. huh? says:

    As I said yesterday, a sad story all the way around.

  9. Mike emrick says:

    Lots of resources under Act 62 in PA, financial and caregiver resources as well. Autism waivers = $.
    Typically, when one is given the diagnosis of Autism, an extensive list of Autism Resources is provided.
    I think this case is suitable for Adult Protective Services.