HALFMOON, N.Y. - Suspended Albany Police Officer Robert Schunk was convicted of Criminal Mischief after a four day jury trial in Saratoga County, DA James Murphy said.
Schunk was convicted Friday for Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree and Harassment in the Second Degree, after a four day jury trial in the Town of Halfmoon.
According to Murphy, the convictions stems from an April 2010 incident that occurred at Schunk's ex-girlfriend's residence in Halfmoon. Schunk, who apparently had a history of violence against her, arrived at her home and began an argument with the victim.
During the course of the argument, Murphy said Schunk grabbed her violently and held her arm forcibly to such an extent that it caused pain, bruising and injury when she was forced by him up against the wall. The victim was able to escape, run to the bathroom, close the door behind her and seek refuge by locking herself inside. Officer Schunk proceeded to violently and repeatedly kick down the bathroom door, shattering it and the door frame and entered the bathroom pouncing on the victim. The victim again escaped, fled the house, and reached safety.
DA Murphy said "We were able to show the jury that this man had been threatening this woman before on two specific occasions that were never charged, June 2009 and January 2010. She is lucky she got away or she may not have been here to testify. Domestic violence is often the kind of crime that ends in a homicide. I am thankful for her that she had her wits about her, escaped and is alive to tell her story."
Murphy will seek one year in jail at sentencing on May 27th, as well as a permanent order of protection.
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