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 thevictim’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!
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.
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.