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PD: Trooper assaulted, threatened to kill wife

Posted at 6:08 PM, Sep 29, 2015

NEWTOWN, Ohio — An Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper is facing domestic violence and menacing charges after police say he assaulted his wife and threatened to kill her.

According to documents filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court earlyt last month, 33-year-old OSHP Trooper Christopher Sanger restrained his wife at gunpoint after throwing her from their bed and holding her down with his forearm, causing a bruise to form around her eye.

Sanger also prevented her from leaving their home in Newtown, according to the complaint, by chasing her to the front door and dragging her back down the hallway by her hair.

According to Hamilton County Assistant Prosecutor Ryan Nelson, Sanger's wife was able to escape the home and flag down a police officer.

Courts records show Brandy requested a temporary protective order against Sanger on August 24, which the court granted. A motion to remove the protective order was filed on Tuesday.

Nelson also told WCPO that Sanger’s actions were motivated by suspicions of infidelity. During the incident, Nelson said, Sanger repeatedly asked his wife if she was having an affair, threatening to kill her and whoever else was involved in the alleged affair.

According to Nelson, the couple share a young child.

Sanger has been placed on administrative duty at the patrol’s Cincinnati post, said OSHP spokesman Sgt. Vincent Shirey. An internal investigation will commence once the court proceedings conclude, Shirey said.

WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.