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Thursday, October 23, 2003

[AZ] Officer Kellar's assault in front of kids leaves girlfriend with injuries

...[AW] was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn with bruises and cuts on her face, neck and knees... She also said that she was grabbed by the throat, thrown onto the ground, dragged outside by her hair and that her skull was knocked against a pillar...


PV COP ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE

The Arizona Republic
Emily Bittner, Scottsdale Republic
Oct. 23, 2003 12:00 AM
PARADISE VALLEY - A Paradise Valley police officer was arrested Monday on charges of assaulting his girlfriend in front of her three children. Deron Kellar, 38, a nine-year veteran of the force, is accused of beating of his girlfriend Monday morning while she was at the home of her former husband, getting her children ready for school, said Lt. Ron Warner, a spokesman for the Paradise Valley Police Department. [AW] was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn with bruises and cuts on her face, neck and knees. She was treated and released. "They had been arguing on the phone and he went to the house," Warner said. [AW] told police that the couple was breaking up. She also said that she was grabbed by the throat, thrown onto the ground, dragged outside by her hair and that her skull was knocked against a pillar, Warner Said. Kellar was not there when police arrived, Warner said. Police contacted Kellar later Monday and he was taken to the station that afternoon. At the station, he was arrested and then booked at a Maricopa County jail on a misdemeanor assault charge.
KELLAR WAS RELEASED FROM JAIL WITHOUT BOND TUESDAY MORNING.
He resigned from the Gilbert Police Department in 1992 when an internal investigation found he had sex with a woman in his patrol car two times. He then worked for the Prescott Valley Police Department, where he "performed admirably," Warner said. "We thought that was a risk worth taking," Warner said. Kellar, the department's community services officer, was responsible for arranging the Paradise Valley public safety fair. He was also responsible for the DARE program, crime prevention and the neighborhood watch program. Police are conducting an internal investigation and a criminal case will be submitted to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office next week, Warner said. Kellar is on paid administrative leave.
Reach the reporter at emily.bittner@scottsdalerepublic.com or (602) 444-6486.